The Des Moines Kiwanis have a rich history of giving in the Greater Des Moines community and have worked to create a better community through a variety of programs and are passionate about helping kids. They were nominated in 2008 for the Iowa Character Award as an Organization of Character. Nominate an organization with good character today! Nominations are due May 11 – don’t wait!
Up until 2008, the Des Moines Kiwanis have raised more than $1 million for local charities through their annual Basketball Jamboree. Proceeds from this event have been matched by the Ronald McDonald House Charities for the past eight years and have enabled the Kiwanis Club to support a mobile dental clinic, a toddler playground for the House of Mercy, Wildwood Hill’s equestrian grounds refurbishment project, campships for needy kids and much more.
The Kiwanis have also had a long standing relationship with Greenwood Elementary School in Des Moines. Twenty years ago, when the Des Moines Public School developed its “Partners in Business” program, the Des Moines Kiwanis was the only non-business group to develop a relationship with a school. The Club started a K Kids Club to foster community service as early as fourth grade, provide individual tutoring, and assisted the school in various reading programs.
Recently, the Des Moines Kiwanis completed the Miracle League field, a baseball field which allows children with disabilities to play baseball. The Kiwanis spearheaded the $1 million project which includes a smooth, non-obstructed surface made of a special rubberized material. The project also includes a network of “buddies” to teach, assist and protect the players. The field is located in downtown Des Moines and opened in the fall of 2008.