What Is the Kiwanis Club?


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The Kiwanis Club is an international volunteerism organization dedicated to improving the world on the community level, with a special focus on helping children. The purpose of every club chapter is service. Projects include community cleanups, fundraising and helping to eradicate causes of death and disease.

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Founded in 1915 in Detroit as a business networking club for men, only four years later the focus changed from business to service. At its 1924 international convention, the Kiwanis Club adopted what it calls its "six permanent objects," which include valuing the human and spiritual above material things, promoting higher social and business standards, and providing service and building communities through the clubs.

Kiwanis Clubs exist for all ages as of 2015. The children's Key Clubs collect food and clothing donations and raise funds for charities such as the Children's Miracle Network and UNICEF. Adult chapters have worked to end tetanus in mothers and newborns as well as iron deficiency, which can cause mental disabilities.

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