Kids Need Kiwanis

Mom always told you to observe the Golden Rule, so how about joining a club that's based on doing unto others as you'd have them do unto you? 

Our mission is to strengthen San Diego by supporting San Diego's youth. Our Downtown Kiwanis Club has been serving San Diego since 1920 with service projects that respond to our community needs. The projects focus on developing future generations of leaders. 

Our members are ordinary people performing extraordinary work. We are creative with our ideas. We are generous with our time. We are passionate about making a difference. And we have fun along the way.

Are you ready to help create communities that let all children thrive, prosper and grow? 

Join Us For Lunch!

Our club meetings offer an atmosphere of fun, learning, and fellowship. An interesting speaker will discuss current topics of interest to the community.

When?  1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month
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Time? 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Where? Location changes - read the event description

Organizations We Support

Burn Institute


Foundation for Californias

Home of Guiding Hands

Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty of San Diego County Inc

Monarch School Project

Oncology + Kids

Rady Children's Hospital Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

San Diego Futures Foundation

SEAL-NSW Family Foundation

The New Children's Museum

Urban Corps of San Diego County

What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis helps kids around the world. We are a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.


To serve the children of the world.


Each year, clubs:

  • Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects
  • Raise more than $107 million


  • About 8,000 clubs in 96 countries
  • More than 260,000 adult members
  • Approximately 320,000 youth
Kiwanis is one of the few organizations that offers membership to almost all age groups—from elementary school students to adults.



Kiwanis members and clubs have contributed more than $80 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation

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What does Kiwanis mean?

It is derived from the phrase "Nunc Kee-Wanis” from the Otchipwe language spoken by First Nations peoples of central Canada and the United States, which can be translated can mean “We trade,” "We share our talents,” “We make a noise,” or “We meet.” The founders of Kiwanis translated it as “We build” and that became their motto until 2005 when they changed it to

“Serving the children of the world.”

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Kiwanis Club of San Diego is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. 

3276 Rosecrans Street, Suite 202, San Diego, CA   92110-4893

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