Our club is involved in a variety of volunteer community service and fundraising efforts that assist children locally and worldwide.
Projects we regularly participate in include:
Arlington Food Assistance Center
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month after our regular meeting, club members prepare bags of food for distribution to local families by the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). AFAC provides supplemental groceries to over 1,950 families in Arlington each week, 35% of these recipients are children.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign
Each holiday season the Arlington Kiwanis Club participates in the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign enables The Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to over 6 million people during the Christmas season and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide. Look for our club members fundraising and ringing bells at the Fashion Center at Pentagon City.
Dinner for Doorways
Our club prepares and serves home-cooked meals to the women and children who are residents of Doorways for Women and Families shelters. Club members prepare healthy, homemade dishes so that each family can enjoy a hot home-cooked meal.
Read Across America
Each year on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2, our club members visit various Arlington County schools to participate in the National Education Associations' Read Across America campaign. During their visit, club members read books to young children.
Our club participates in iCan Shine's annual iCan Bike program each Summer. The vast majority of people with disabilities never experience the thrill of independently riding a bicycle. Defying these odds is why the iCan Bike program exists! The iCan Bike programs are for people with disabilities age eight and older and are sponsored through Arlington County's Department of Parks & Recreation. Click here to see the ABC news' July 29 segment about iCan Bike.
Proceeds from the events below are used to fund the local grants we offer each year to Arlington County based organizations and families.
Annual Blueberry Sale - The Arlington Kiwanis coordinates directly with blueberry growers to sell 10 pound boxes of fresh, farm to table blueberries each June.
Instructions for freezing blueberries can be found here.
Pancake Breakfast - Each Spring we host a pancake breakfast for the community. Our breakfast includes plenty of fun activities for children and families including a moon bounce and antique car show.
Through the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs, young people experience the reward of helping others and improving their own communities. They develop values based on selflessness and leadership skills based on teamwork. With the help of local Kiwanis Clubs and their members, students grow into caring, successful adults and lifelong Kiwanians.
In Kiwanis K-Kids, elementary students conduct their own service projects. School staff and teachers are also involved with the Kiwanis Kids programs. The local school boards also give support to the K-Kids program. We have sponsored a K-Kids Club at Arlington Traditional Elementary School.
Kiwanis Builders Clubs are for Junior or Middle School age students. More than 40,000 young teens, in 5 countries, run their own Kiwanis-sponsored clubs, improving communities and helping others. At this level, we sponsor a 20-25 member club at Swanson Middle School.
Kiwanis Key Clubs are for high school students. Key Clubs are sponsored by local Kiwanis Clubs whose members act as advisers for their activities and projects. District and National Conferences are held each year for Key Clubs. Governors, executives and a former U.S. president credit Key Club with their first taste of leadership. The Kiwanis Club of Arlington sponsors Key clubs at Washington–Lee and Yorktown high schools.
Kiwanis Circle K Clubs are for college and university students. The clubs promote service, leadership and fellowship on more than 500 university campuses worldwide. The Kiwanis Club of Arlington has sponsored a Circle K (“CKI”) club at Marymount University.