Pittsburgh Kiwanis began January 31, 1916 with a strong commitment from 200 charter members to make their mark in the
City of Pittsburgh. It was the third Kiwanis Club to be chartered and by year end with the formation of a club in Ontario, Kiwanis became International.
Pittsburgh Kiwanis has conducted 1300+ clown and bingo programs for patients and their families at Children's Hospital since the program’s inception in 1978; entertaining over 15,000 children, and disbursing over $32,000 in gifts and toys, and much goodwill. We have awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to over 50 college students. For the past 25 years, the Club has purchased thousands of Bereaved Parents’ books, which have been donated to and distributed by Magee Women’s Hospital and Children's Hospital, helping families cope with grief from the passing of a child. Pittsburgh Kiwanian's are always ready to support and develop programs to benefit the community we live, work and play in. Our involvement over the years with "The Great Whale Race" raised $58,000, benefiting southwestern Pennsylvania youth.
Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 76 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling
their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World."
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 5.7 million hours and US$135 million in communities around the world. Through these efforts, the Kiwanis organization truly leaves a lasting impression on future generations.
Guided by six permanent Objects, Kiwanis clubs view their role within their respective communities with a great deal of foresight. Key aspects to operating an effective club include:
Worldwide, the entire Kiwanis family eliminated the devastating effects of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the world’s leading preventable cause of mental retardation. More than 1.5 billion people had been at risk of suffering IDD because they did not receive enough iodine in their diet. But, because of Kiwanis’ efforts, many parents who had been affected by IDD are now able to watch their children grow up healthy and reach their full physical and mental potential. The results of the IDD program will benefit every future generation.
- Evaluating both children’s issues and community needs on an ongoing basis
- Conducting service projects to respond to those identified needs
- Maintaining an active membership roster of professional business people who have both the desire and the ability to serve their community