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Kiwanis members change the world — one child and one community at a time. From playgrounds and parks to festivals and fundraisers, signature projects are the hallmarks of what Kiwanis clubs are known for in their communities. 

Kiwanis International holds an annual Signature Project Recognition Program and Contest to celebrate the great work being done by clubs. The program showcases the many club-level projects Kiwanians undertake around the world to make a difference in communities. (See the contest details.)

See the 2024 winners below:



 Group One (clubs with 27 or fewer members)

Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township – New Jersey District
Randolph Kiwanis Freedom Festival & Parade
Each year on July 4, thousands of people line the streets in New Jersey for the Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township’s parade celebrating the United States’ Independence Day. But that’s not all — parade-goers can enjoy fireworks, carnival rides, games, a beer garden and family entertainment at the Freedom Festival on the County College of Morris campus. Local groups and organizations participate in the parade and host booths at the festival. The event brings the whole community together to honor veterans’ service and celebrate the country’s independence.  

Kiwanis Club of Kalayaan, Quezon CityPhilippine Luzon District
Kiwanis Special Games 2024
Inspired by the Philippine Luzon District’s part in organizing a nationwide Special Olympics in the Philippines, the Kiwanis Club of Kalayaan decided to host its own games for athletes with intellectual disabilities. For 38 years, the numbers of participating schools and sponsors have increased. Schools even provide uniforms for their athletes. Kiwanians from Kalayaan and other clubs serve as referees and coordinators. At the most recent special games, over 1,000 athletes had the chance to compete and excel, winning medals while gaining confidence and self-esteem.  

Kiwanis Club of South Eleuthera – Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District
No Child Without Christmas
Eleuthera is an island in the Bahamas with a population of just over 9,000 people — many of whom live without running water, bedding or enough food. But, for the past 50 years, the Kiwanis Club of South Eleuthera has helped the island’s children experience holiday magic. In 2023, club members spent months marketing and raising funds for the island’s largest toy drive, even going door-to-door to help spread the word. They then traveled to Florida to purchase 1,500 gifts — including toys, bikes, iPads and bedding. The presents were loaded into a truck the club called its “sleigh,” and 20 volunteers embarked on “Santa’s Road Trip,” hand-delivering cheer, hope and a sense of community to over 50% of South Eleuthera’s young people across all 11 settlements. 


  Group Two (clubs with 28 or more members)

Kiwanis Club of Providence-Montego Bay – Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District
Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk/Wheelchair 
For 14 years, the Kiwanis Club of Providence-Montego Bay has held its Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk — and last year, the club added a wheelchair segment to allow Aktion Clubs and community members with disabilities to take part. The event doesn’t just raise awareness; it also raises funds for the Jamaica Cancer Society, the Oncology Ward of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, individuals in need of financial support for their cancer treatment and recovery, and other community projects. Kiwanians, community partners and over 200 Key Club and Circle K International members worked together to make a memorable event for over 2,500 attendees.   

Kiwanis Club of Stuart – Florida District
Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn 
When members of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart built the first two playgrounds for Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn in 1990, they had no idea what a landmark the park would become for its community. Situated at the entrance to the city near a low-income neighborhood, several daycare centers and the Creek Arts District, the park opened the county’s first accessible playground in 2015 and its only sensory playground in 2021. Each of four playground areas has its own Little Free Library stocked by Kiwanians. Park-goers can also enjoy free Wi-Fi, a concession stand and donated art fixtures. Club events have become so popular that the park is now its main source of fundraising. Most of the funds for the last round of park renovations came from the park itself.  

Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor – Pacific Northwest District
Kiwanis Cares for Kids 
The Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor works closely with the 17 schools of the Peninsula School District on its Kiwanis Cares for Kids (KCK) program. What started as a project to provide new clothes and shoes for kids in need has grown into one that facilitates experiences that help kids grow. Throughout the year, the club continues to raise funds for clothes and shoes — but also for field trips, books, flexible classroom seating and extracurricular activities such as sports, music and camp. KCK enhances the self-esteem, education and life experiences of students from preschool through the post-high school transition program for adults with special needs.  

2024 Group I Finalists

District  Club  Project 
California-Nevada-Hawaii  Kiwanis Club of Diamond Bar Young Professionals  STEAM Fair 
Italy-San Marino  Kiwanis Club of Pescara  La Fine del Nulla (The End of Nothingness) 
Missouri-Arkansas  Kiwanis Club of St. James  Boys’ Basketball 
Nebraska-Iowa  Kiwanis Club of Marion Metro  Marion Metro Kiwanis BBQ Rendezvous 
New York  Kiwanis Club of Springville  Christine Padasak Memorial Autism Awareness 5K 
Southwest  Kiwanis Club de Amigos, Tucson  Kiwanis de Amigos Relays 
Wisconsin-Upper Michigan  Kiwanis Club of Little Chute  Fifth Grade Scholastic Literacy Book Program 

2024 Group II Finalists

District  Club  Project 
Australia  Kiwanis Club of Glenelg  Australia Day Breakfast 
Capital  Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville  Chicken BBQ Stand 
Georgia  Kiwanis Club of Statesboro  Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair 
Kentucky-Tennessee  Kiwanis Club of Maryville  Imagination Library of Blount County 
Philippine Luzon  Kiwanis Club of Sunshine of Cavite  Eyeglasses Provision for the Children’s Vision 
Southwest  Kiwanis Club of Phoenix  Kiwanis Kids’ Day at the Fair 
Taiwan  Kiwanis Club of Chung Mei, Taichung City  After-School Tutoring Program for Kids in Remote Areas