Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
Special Programs & Services
Kiwanis International is a global organization of members who are dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis programs prepare people of all ages to be the most engaged members of their communities and provides them an opportunity to begin or continue a lifelong journey of service. Kiwanis Club of La Jolla enables its youth and adult leaders to serve their communities through the following special programs:
HOPE OF AMERICA
Hope of America is a program to identify and honor outstanding fifth grade students from Bird Rock, La Jolla, and Torrey Pines Elementary schools. Principals at each school identify award recipients who have been recognized by their teachers and peers as being great examples of academic achievement and citizenship. Honorees are invited to the luncheon accompanied by parents, siblings, and other family members. Each year approximately 10 students receive awards. Each recipient is given an engraved plaque and a gift certificate. Each student’s principal reads a letter from their fifth-grade teacher describing their accomplishments.
SAN DIEGUITO 4H CLUB
San Dieguito 4H Club, for many years, has been supported by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla. Each June the 4H Club members, aged 5 to 18, attend a club meeting where they present information about a specific activity or event or their animals. Many of them bring their show or market chickens, goats, and rabbits to the meeting. The club gives the San Dieguito 4H a grant that allows the members to rent pastureland, buy feed and supplies for their projects.
Sponsored Youth is a program that supports and mentors young Kiwanis clubs. The La Jolla Club provides advisors to the UCSD Circle K, and the Key Clubs at La Jolla and University City high schools. Kiwanis advisors assist them in their annual goals, invite them to participate in Kiwanis volunteer events, attend luncheon meetings, and assist them with their annual budgets.
The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla is an active participant in the community’s annual Christmas Parade that takes place in early December. The club routinely awards a grant to help underwrite the cost of the event. Working alongside students from UCSD’s Circle K, club members design and fabricate a parade float, and enjoy the fun of riding in the float down the streets of La Jolla Village.
MEALS ON WHEELS
For dozens of years club members have made a weekly volunteer commitment to distribute meals, through La Jolla Meals on Wheels. To support their mission, members work in teams of two to deliver fresh healthy meals one cold and one hot to local residents who need our assistance.