The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland sponsors the Cleveland Middle School Builders Club, Walker Valley High School Key Club, and Cleveland High School Key Club.
The Kiwanis family of service includes adult Kiwanis clubs, Circle K clubs for collegians, Key Clubs for high school students, Builders Clubs for junior high and middle school students, K-Kids for elementary school students, and Aktion Clubs for developmentally disabled adults.
Kiwanis numbers more than 270,000 members in 8,400 clubs. Circle K includes more than 13,000 members at 500 colleges and universities. Key Club International surpassed 250,000 members in May 2010. Builders Club boasts 36,000 junior high members, and the K-Kids organization is adding thousands more. Aktion Clubs add developmentally handicapped adults to the Kiwanis family of service.
Key Club and Builders Club participate in the annual event called “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.” This year’s proceeds go to help Uruguay, where more than half a million children and teens are living in poverty.
Kiwanis and its sponsored organizations promote the ideals of voluntary service as a means to improve lives and give something back to the community.
“We’re very proud to sponsor these idealistic and caring young people,” said Kiwanis club President Matt Ryerson. “Kiwanis exists to serve the community, and we believe that one of the most important services we can perform is to pass along the ideals of volunteerism and serving others to the next generation.”
The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland meets at noon every Thursday at the Mountain View Inn. If you are interested in the club, please visit www.kiwaniscleveland tn.org.