Joining Kiwanis Offers Opportunities Print E-mail
Kiwanis Members Kiwanis International is one of the many service organizations in the country and around the world. Kiwanis’ goals include helping children and developing stronger human relationships and communities. Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan by Joseph C. Prance and Allen S. Browne in 1915. The organization is currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 8,400 clubs in 96 nations and over 600,000 active members.

Kiwanis has many types of clubs. In addition to traditional Kiwanis clubs, there is the Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, Circle K Club for university students, Key Club for teenagers, Builders Club for adolescents, and Kiwanis Kids for primary school students.

Kiwanis members volunteer more than 6 million hours and raise almost $100 million per year. The charities and organizations served by Kiwanis are numerous. Kiwanis works with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and has worked towards the elimination of maternal/neonatal tetanus and iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) worldwide. Kiwanis clubs also have the ability to help local organizations and charities. The familiar Kiwanis Peanut Day utilizes peanut sales to raise nearly $60 million for local charities. Merrillville Kiwanis Club has helped local organizations such as Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Ronald McDonald House, Reach Out and Read, Camp Lawrence, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Merrillville High School Scholarship Fund, Boy and Girl Scouts, and the Merrillville Kiwanis Dictionary Project, which aims to supply every third grade student in Merrillville with a dictionary.

Joining Kiwanis offers opportunities for both you and the people and community around you.