Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service-minded men and women who respond to the unique needs of their communities and address worldwide issues by
"Serving the Children of the World"
Kiwanis clubs sponsor Kiwanis-family organizations that provide young people and adults with opportunities to perform community service and develop leadership skills. K-Kids clubs in elementary schools, Builders Clubs in junior high and middle schools, Key Clubs in high schools, Circle K clubs at the collegiate level, Kiwanis Junior clubs for young adults in Europe, and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities reach out to those in need and develop future generations of leaders.
Young Children: Priority One is a continuing program supported by Kiwanis international and thousands of clubs around the world. Clubs are urged to identify the greatest needs of young children in their communtities and develop projects that meet those needs.
The Kiwanis-family initiative to virtually eliminate the world's leading cause of preventable mental retardation, iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), is a partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). With more than 1.5 billion people worldwide at risk of IDD, Kiwanians, young and old, are raising US$75 million to prevent the devastating effects and allow future generations around the world the chance to realize their full physical and mental potential.
A Kiwanis commitment is built on your desire and willingness to serve your community. It is renewed because of the gratification you will find in serving others.