Service Projects

A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs invest more than 6.2 million hours and US$100 million in communities around the world. Through these efforts, the Kiwanis organization truly leaves a lasting impression on future generations.

Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, “Young Children: Priority One.” This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition, and parenting skills.

Service projects also can address other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports and recreation, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.


Parents As Teachers (Past Project)

This event is for children in pre-school and kindergarten. By participating in structured events with parents and teachers, children win tokens which can be used to purchase items in the "store". Members run the Kiwanis store the day of the event.

Salvation Army Night Watch

Members of our club serve hot meals in the winter to the homeless in conjunction with the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army Christmas Gift Project (Past Project)

Members of our club help parents select presents for their children in conjunction with the Salvation Army.

Special Olympics

Club members volunteer to help with the annual shot-put events held at Benson High School.

Camp OK

Club members volunteer to greet campers on opening night. The club provides a treat to the campers one evening during camp. The club sponsors three children to attend Camp OK.

Key Club

Representatives of the club volunteer to meet with the Key Club throughout the school year at about 7 am once per month.


This was a new club building program in 2002-2003. Club members may be needed to help with projects with the K-Kids at Paddock School two days per month during the school year.

Terrific Kids (Past Project)

Hillside Elementary School is in partnership with the club. Through this partnership, the Kiwanians recognize good citizens at Hillside. The goals of Terrific Kids are embodied in the letters of the word "terrific". Thoughtful (help friends and appreciate help), Enthusiastic (Eager and ready to work), Respectful (show good manners), Responsible (honest and dependable), Influential (play fair and set a good example), Friendly (get along with friends and acquaintances), Impeccable (clean and neat), Caring (show concern for self and others).


Our club has supplied all the schools in Westside with brochures that explain the importance of "Never leaving your children alone in or around a vehicle for even a  'minute' and provide safety tips regarding children and vehicles". There are 10 elementary schools and our focus is the parents of students entering kindergarten in the fall. The schools are:
Prairie Lane
Paddock Road
Underwood Hills
Sunset Hills
There are about 400 students and families involved.

Student Recognition

Presentations for a variety of awards to students are made from late March through early May. Club members volunteer to present awards, take pictures during the meeting where awards are presented, or assist with mailing letters to the schools.

Child Safety Seat Occupant ID Program

Kiwanis Club of Omaha Westside provides the child safety seat occupant ID program labels free of charge to organizations in Omaha. Funds to print the labels comes from the various fund-raising activities conducted by the club throughout the year.

Clothes for Kids

Program ensures 9 in-need children have what it takes to stay warm in  winter. Club members escort children throughout designated store purchasing items of need.

Key Leader

Kiwanis Club of Omaha Westside sponsors two youth as young as recent eighth grade graduates to the Key Leader program at the Holling Retreat Center, in Ashland Nebraska. Key Leader is a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership. In the course of the exciting weekend activities, high school young people will learn about five keys of leadership:

  • Personal Integrity;
  • Personal Growth;
  • Respect;
  • Building Community; and
  • Pursuit of Excellence


Ronald McDonald House

Kiwanis Club of Omaha Westside provides all of the makings and cooks a complete dinner meal for the occupants of Ronald McDonald House several times per year.

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