Kiwanis is a global organization dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Founded in 1919, the Kiwanis Club of Omaha is the oldest Kiwanis Club in Nebraska and Iowa. Kiwanis International has recognized our vibrant organization as a Distinguished Club.
Our members belong to the Kiwanis Club of Omaha for four primary reasons:
– To learn about our community through outstanding educational programs during our weekly Club meetings each Friday
– To make a difference in our community through our many service projects
– To make new business contacts through our networking programs, including participation in the Buy the Big O Show and our K2B networking events
– To socialize and form new friendships through our First Thursday social outings and other events
Throughout the year, our members have many opportunities to make a difference in metro-Omaha and the global community. Our projects include:
– K Kids & Key Club
o We sponsor a Key Club at Central High School and K Kids Club at Oakdale Elementary School to promote volunteerism and community service.
– Aktion Club
o Together with Mosaic International, we sponsor an Aktion Club, which is a community service organization for adults living with disabilities.
– Bring Up Grades (BUGs) Program
o Through the BUGs program, we provide students at Jackson Elementary with structured encouragement to make academic improvements.
– Young Children Priority One Grants
o Since 1994, we have awarded grants totaling more than $180,000 to youth-serving organizations. The Kiwanis Cup Golf Invitational is one of our largest fundraisers each year to fund these grants.
– International Visitors
o Our Club is the only service organization in the nation that is an affiliate of the U.S. State Department National Council of International Visitors. In the past year alone, we have hosted 17 state department officials and 54 visitors from 15 countries.
– College World Series
o Since 1950, our Club has hosted a team participating in the College World Series.
– The Eliminate Project
o Our Club members are working with Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.