When it comes to service projects, Kiwanis members are dedicated. Each year, they devote more than 6 million hours to service - and their choices are as creative as they are varied.
These service projects are popular because they are unique, they are easy, they raise awareness and they’re fun.
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Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross and ask them if your club may participate in their “Holiday for Heroes” program.
- Make or buy greeting cards for kids at your local children's hospital for any holiday or occasion. More information can be found here.
- St. Jude’s Ranch for Children takes both new and used cards and re-purposes them to sell for support of programs for abused, homeless, and neglected children.
- Send signed greeting cards to club members who encounter health challenges, life hardships, milestone birthdays or Kiwanis anniversary dates, etc.
Ask members to gather “thank-you” notes that can be passed out to teachers at schools your club sponsors.
- Ask members to gather “thinking of you” greeting cards and sign notes of encouragement for distribution to elderly residents of local assisted living homes.
- Your club could distribute cards to your local NICU on Prematurity Awareness Day on November 17. March of Dimes also offers an electronic version your club could sign right now
KIWANIS FAMILY PROGRAMS
Organize Terrific Kids or Bringing Up Grades gifts into bags, or tie them up in bows for easy distribution at the next Terrific Kids or Bringing Up Grades event.
Partner with your sponsored Key Club to spruce up the high school grounds (or partner with your Builders Club for middle school or K-Kids Club for elementary school).
Ask members to organize a Worldwide Day of Play activity for your club's sponsored SLP clubs. Don't forget to register your event here!
VOLUNTEER IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Make “superhero capes” for your local children's hospital with basic materials (glue, string, fabric, felt, scissors).
- Knit baby blankets or booties to be presented to newborns at your local hospital.
- Ask members to bring in new, gently-used, stuffed animals to your club meeting so they may be donated to free health clinics in your community.
- Switch up your club meeting spot, and ask members to meet at a local Goodwill or similar store to shop for books to be donated to local school libraries.
- Ask your club members to collect coloring books for kids at the local Boys & Girls Club.
- Ask members to bring inexpensive toys and games to wrap during a club meeting and then deliver to a women's domestic abuse shelter or other local charities for kids.
- Shop online at Dollar Days (a KI partner) to buy basic supplies for schools supported by the club.
- Ask your club members to secure coloring books and crayons for kids in hospitals.
- Ask members to bring canned foods to your club meetings around Thanksgiving time, so they can be donated to homeless shelters.
- Organize your club members to make up survival kits for civil servants to be utilize as they interact with kids.
- Ask members to bring in discarded cell phones to your club meetings that can be donated and re-purposed to serve our troops. You can also donate them to victims of domestic violence.
- Organize your club members to make bookmarks and door hangers.
- Start a “diaper dump” service project, asking members to collect disposable diapers in various sizes that will then be delivered to local shelters, free health clinics and youth-serving organizations to give to mothers who cannot afford expensive disposable diapers for their children.
- Do your club members have old sneakers that have a few miles left in them? Collect and send them to Soles4Souls, a charity that will find someone who needs them.
Read about service ideas from actual clubs in KIWANIS magazine