Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
Kiwanis Name The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade,” "we come together," or “we share our talents.” It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.
Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more. No problem is too big or too small. Why? Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!
As Kiwanis clubs and members, we see it everyday!
* Over 8,000 clubs in more than 80 countries of the world * More than 260,000 adult members * Approximately 320,000 youth
Mission To serve children of the world.
Service Each year, clubs:
* Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects. * Raise more than $107 million.
Members and clubs have contributed more than $100 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.
Kiwanians from just three divisions in Southwestern Ontario, Divsions 3, 4, and 5W, raised over $1 million in support of the Kiwanis Kids' Care Centre at the new Children's Hospital of Western Ontario.
Kiwanians from the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District raised $1 million to help combat HIV-AIDS in the Caribbean. In cooperation with UNICEF, Kiwanis gifts established mobile health units in Jamaica and Guyana, to identify and treat women of childbearing age at risk. In Trinidad and Tobago Kiwanis gifts established a telephone hot-line and trained peer counsellors to work with at-risk youth.
Kiwanians across the globe are now involved in raising $110 million to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus. The Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London is a 100K Club in this effort, committed to raising $100,000.