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Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis International club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Kiwanis members stage nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. Key Club members pitch in 12 million hours of service each year, and CKI members another 500,000 hours of service! Aktion Club members donate another 92,000 hours of service every year. Add it all up, and that’s more than 18 million hours of service every year!
Our Kiwanis club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide. Additionally, we have speakers at our weekly meetings to explore topics of interest to the membership. We engage in a number of social activities to share experiences, talents and our collective interests. All represent great opportunities for service, friendships and personal growth.
For nearly 100 years, Kiwanis International has been an organization of members dedicated to serving children. Today we have nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries, and our members have made a positive impact in millions of lives. Now we’re ready to work with you to serve the children of the world. Our vision is to create long-term strategic partnerships with corporations.For Kiwanis International, partnerships are an exciting opportunity—and the right partnerships are paramount. We welcome corporate partnerships that align with our mission and preserve the trust of our members and the communities, children and families we serve. Our partners’ products, services and reputation must:
- be compatible with and complementary to Kiwanis’ mission and values
- reflect a high degree of integrity
- demonstrate a track record of high-quality products or services
A partnership with Kiwanis International is a unique opportunity to reach a caring and responsive group of people. Each year, this organization of nearly 600,000 members raises more than US$100 million and devotes 18 million volunteer hours. They support children’s hospitals, sponsor local youth programs and raise money for schools and shelters. They build playgrounds, provide youth leadership training, create reading programs … and so much more.
Kiwanis International offers you opportunities to reach people where they live, work, play and serve. Join us—and become a part of changing children’s lives.
Children's Miracle Network
IHOP National Pancake Day
Kiwanis family members support IHOP's National Pancake Day by serving as ambassadors for kids explaining to visitors how a donation can help the Children's Miracle Network help kids. In exchange for a free stack of pancakes, donations are requested to support the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital—a preferred charity of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis family members act as the voice of the mission, encouraging restaurant patrons to support this charitable cause.
National Pancake Day is March 7, 2017!
City of Winter Haven
Annual Hoppin' Hunt
The City of Winter Haven's annual Hoppin' Hunt at MLK Park is a free event for children from infancy to 9 years of age. Activities include an Egg Hunt, Kayaks, Music, Food Trucks, Bounce House, Kiddie Train, Face Painting and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!
Join Kiwanis volunteers at the 2017 event on April 15th!
The partnership between Winter Haven Kiwanis and the City of Winter Haven has a long history. In the early history of the Kiwanis club, volunteers maintained a life guard corp for local beaches and created a swimming area for an underserved community which was later deeded to the City and developed into a nature park. Kiwanis also sponsors a children's park maintained by the City. Kiwanis members and City employees volunteer at both City and club events. The City is also a partner for Every Child A Swimmer, one of Kiwanis' signaure projects, providing free swim lessons to young children.
Red Kettle Campaign
The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign enables the Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide.
The Red Kettle campaign, first started in San Francisco in 1891, has traditionally been the Salvation Army's most prominent fund-raiser. In 2004, the campaign raised over $100 million in communities nationwide, with the nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars all remaining in the towns where the money was deposited into the kettles. The funds raised help support many of the 37 million people in poverty who turn to the Salvation Army for food and toys at Christmas, utility and homeless assistance, senior and child care, drug abuse treatment and many other social service needs.
The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve. Our volunteers are critical partners in helping Salvation Army fulfill their promise to America of "Doing the Most Good." Members of Winter Haven Kiwanis and sponsored leadership programs volunteer in shifts on the first two Saturdays in December each year.
Polk County Schools
The HEARTH Project and Polk County Public Schools are dedicated to assisting homeless and in-transition families and children by eliminating barriers to school enrollment, attendance, stability, and overall academic success. We work to ensure that children experiencing homelessness have the same opportunities for educational success as housed students in Polk County.
Click here for more information on how to help homeless students.
Through its adult members and sponsored leadership programs, Kiwanis provides annual support for Project Fill-A-Bag, Jacket Project, and donations for necessities to homeless graduating seniors.
Winter Haven Kiwanis will collect donations until April 5, 2016 for homeless students graduating high school with the class of 2016.
Kids Activity Booth
PSC Fall Fest, Brigham Bash, community events
Kids love customizing their free paper hats with the help of Kiwanis family volunteers. Winter Haven Kiwanis recycles newspapers and provides art supplies and volunteers to assist children with expressing their creativity by personalizing a newspaper hat with fun decorations. Look for our booth at local events in the community!
Kiwanis is an international organization composed of volunteers dedicated to serving the children of the world one child, one community at a time. Members of Winter Haven Kiwanis also volunteer their time to serve these local organizations:
Below are the projects currently implemented by Winter Haven Kiwanis:
- Free children activity booths at local community events
- Kiwanis Park of Winter Haven, FL
- The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. Winter Haven Kiwanis has pledged to raise $27,750 as a Model Club.
- Every Child A Swimmer: providing free swim lessons to young children twice each year in partnership with the City of Winter Haven. Email email@example.com for more info.
- Kiwanis One Day: Each year, Kiwanis clubs around the world join in a day of service. The entire Kiwanis family—Kiwanis Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, CKI, Aktion Club and Kiwanis clubs—joins forces for this large-scale service project. Projects fill a specific need in each community.
- Read Around the World: volunteers read to students at local Head Start program providing every child with a free book each month from November to May. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or visit our reading page.
- Scholarships: College scholarships for High School graduating seniors from our sponsored Key Clubs. We currently sponsor three $1,000 scholarships annually.
- Youth Programs: Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable, and compassionate leaders by helping them learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches young leaders new ways to change the world by serving one child and one community at a time. Through Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs, we bring the Kiwanis message to:
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