The Kiwanis Club of Erie is a thriving organization of service-minded women and men who are helping everyday to improve our community.
Our members are ordinary people who perform extraordinary "hands-on" work. We are passionate about making a difference. Helping kids grow and succeed is at the heart of everything we do. We believe our neighborhoods and our world are best served when people of all ages and different backgrounds work together to share their time and talents.
Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children through local service projects.
Our members are from all walks of life and represent various careers.
You are invited to join us any Tuesday at noon for our weekly speaker series.If you cannot make noon meetings, no problem, most of our service projects are after work. Keep reading to find out more information about us.
Erie Kiwanis is always looking for new volunteers. We meet on Tuesday's at noon at the Erie County Library on the Bayfront. We also work on many projects in our community to help make a difference in the lives of those in need. If you are interested in finding out more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet Program
Our club supports Camp Cadet financially and as volunteers. This program has been very rewarding for our members.
During the months of January-May, our club recognizes students from area schools. Each year the students we recognize literally beam with pride in front of the audience and list thier accomplishments and future plans.
In addition, each of the teachers express their gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to recognize their graduating students publicly. One lessor known aspect of this program is, that they do not need to recommend their top-most students.
Our members love to read to children. Kiwanians can be found throughout Erie County reading to students of all ages. We believe reading to children is important for their future success. If your school or organization needs guest readers, please contact a Kiwanian to arrange for help.
Service Leadership Programs
The Kiwanis Club of Erie Proudly Sponsors Five Clubs focusing on Service – Leadership – Fellowship
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. As a Kiwanis member, you have the privilege of serving and guiding these young leaders.
The Kiwanis Club of Erie sponsors Circle K International at Mercyhurst University, Key Club at Cathedral Preparatory High School, Key Club at Northwest PA Collegiate Academy, K-Kids at Lincoln Elementary and the Aktion Club at the Barber National Center.
These clubs include young adults and adults who perform thousands of service hours to our community each year. Projects include food drives, ringing the Salvation Army bells, feeding the needy, Relay for Life, Soldiers and Sailors Home
Many leadership opportunities exist within each club including executive officer positions, committee chairs and project leaders.
If you want to invest in our future and be actively engaged in the community of young people helping them become the leaders of tomorrow, come join us! It’s fun, it’s exciting and it feels good too!
Changing our Community
Emmaus Soup Kitchen
Our club supports the Emmaus Soup Kitchen financially as well as volunteering there 1-2 times a month. Our members prepare a nutritional dinner, serve the dinner and visit with the people coming for dinner. Our members know many of the Emmaus guests by their first names and provide them with much needed items such as mittens and hats throughout the winter season.
Trek the Halls
Kiwanis Club of Erie sponsors Trek the Halls at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. The annual event not only features the Jolly Man in the red suit, it also features more than ten activities that are run by Kiwanis Club of Erie members. Some of the activities include cookie decorating, crafts, games and a take home activity.
Kiwanis Club of Erie believes in keeping our youth active, safe and learning to work as a team. A few of the youth sports we sponsor include Spoons League, Youth Hockey and Baseball. We also take youth to Bayhawks games, Sea Wolves games, and other sporting events in Erie. There is nothing like seeing a smile on a child watching a game for the first time.
Changing the World
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated in improving the world one child and one community at a time.
UNICEF and Kiwanis International have teamed up again for the Eliminate project. The goal is to eliminate Maternal Neontal Tetanus - a deadly disease that steals the lives of approximately 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. Kiwanis set a goal to raise 110 million dollars in pledges and donations over a three year period. We reached the goal. The vaccinations will continue. While MNT has been eliminated in countries like India, China and Ghana there are still twenty-one other countries where the disease has not been totally eliminated.
Approximatley twelve years ago, Kiwanis International was involved with Unicef in a program called Iodine Deficiency Disorder. We raised $100 Million ollars for salt Iodization, testing, monitoring and community outreach. Due to these efforts, approximaltey 80 million children in the devloping world will be born free of IDD this year--the leading preventable cause of mental disability.
Servie Leadership 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 enables its youngest leaders to serve their communities, opening doors for them to change the world.
Kiwanis members have the privilege of serving and guiding these young leaders.
Kiwanis Kids has three programs for students between the ages of 6 and 12: K-Kids, Bring Up Grades (BUG), and Terrific Kids.
A leadership program for middle and junior high school students.
The largest high school service leadership organization in the world.
Is a weekend experience for teens designed to empower emerging student leaders.
Circle K International
A global service organizatoin for college students.
Adults living with disabilities to participate in community service projects, gain leadership skills and become more involved in society.
While Having Fun
Kiwanis Club of Erie loves working hard in your community. We also love getting together socially. Pizza party's, bowling, field trips and tours of local companies in Erie, birthday parties, baby showers, baseball games, basketball games, hockey games - are just a few of our favorite activities. Life long friends are made in our club.
Let's face it, getting involved with an organization is an investment in your future, and networking is an important part. The power and potential of any network is built on the trust, value and the contribution that is invested into it. Kiwanis is a global network making an incredible contribution to our community and what better way to network than with a group of volunteers.
Explore the Kiwanis culture. Kiwanis clubs are volunteer based. The meetings offer an atmosphere of fun. learning and fellowship. Kiwanis members typically volunteer each month to assist with club service projects - both locally and globally - and Kiwanis members dedicate more than 12 million hours of service.
New members bring fresh energy and ideas to Kiwanis clubs. We invite you to reach out and get involved. Together we can change the world, one child and one community at a time.