The Kiwanis Club of San Diego provides community service to the city and county of San Diego through committees as follows with more details about the description of the committee and organizations we support. For more information on any committee and how to get involved, contact our Club Secretary - Karina Sousa - 

Club Project/Grant Committees

These committees use money from the San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation to accomplish the community service projects approved by the Club Board of Directors and the Foundation. The priority is on young children.

Youth Services

Community Services

Environment and Conservation

International Children’s Services

Service Leadership Project

School Counseling

Foundation Committees

The Scholarship Committee is one of the most important committees, and awards scholarships for students from San Diego enrolled in San Diego colleges and universities.  The Foundation also maintains other administrative committees to help it carry out its important work.


Laurels for Leaders

Annual Foundation Fund Committee

Club Administrative Committees

These committees are directed at membership growth, fund raising and other administrative activities.

Membership Appreciation

Golf Tournament

Public Relations

History and Technology


‘The Tidings’



Committee Chair: Judy Leitner

The Community Services Committee helps serve the San Diego Community through a few different projects.

Concert in the Park: The annual Cinco de Mayo Concert in the Park is held every May in Balboa Park which showcases the SDSU School of Music and Dance students. Our club provides a gift to assist in scholarships and career grants that are competitively awarded to gifted students in need of funding. The concert is free and has been organized by our committee for more than 20 years.

Most Inspirational Football Player Award: Our club has had a long association with the Holiday Bowl. In 2002, Drue Jordan began a program to recognize local football players, not for their achievements on the field as much as their achievements in being an inspiration for their teammates to do their best. Our club awards the “patch” and certificate that is given to each athlete nominated to wear.

Meals Committee: This group coordinates one of the Club’s service projects in which members volunteer to serve meals and provide good cheer to the clients of area organizations. We provide meals to the USO: disadvantaged populations such as military wives and their children; Ronald McDonald House of San Diego: parents and siblings of seriously ill children who are patients at Rady’s Childrens Hospital; Monarch School: homeless children and their parents who attend Monarch school (Holiday period, includes gifts to students)

MLK Freedom from Hunger Food Drive: our club is one of the co-sponsors for the annual MLK Freedom From Hunger High School ASB Food Drive Challenge. Last year’s food drive raised more than 30,000 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank. The winning school is announced at the annual Laurels for Leaders luncheon.


The Environmental Committee helps support organizations in San Diego County that focus on environmental and conservation efforts that also tie in our youth.

Organizations that are supported through this committee:

  • Audubon San Diego - Project: Our club supports the OutdoorExplore after-school children’s program for undeserved youth that lasts 10 days. San Diego Audubon’s Outdoor Nature Education programs introduce students to natural spaces in their community and inspire them to develop a stewardship ethic for their neighborhood’s natural environment. All programs are in alignment with state curriculum science standards and are led by experienced naturalist guides who provide engaging and educational lessons. Our low student-to-adult ratios ensure that every child has a meaningful and safe experience.
  • Eco-Life - Project: Our club helps support the implementation of the ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Program in schools. This program uses the science of aquaponics: raising fish and plants in a recirculating ecosystem. The fish waste acts as a natural fertilizer for the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. The organization says this uses 90% less water and land than traditional agricultural methods.
  • S.D. River Foundation - Project: Our club supports the “Cool River” children’s program that supports 50 students. This program invites young scientists (targeted ages K-8) to join as they explore and study the health of the SD River by conducting bio-assessments. Our club also supports the “3-Day Nature Outdoor Field Trip” which students participate in a spectrum of experiences in multiple habitat types from our pristine preserves in the upper SD River to urban areas to the ocean, strengthening their environmental understanding.


Gomper’s Preparatory Academy Key Club

San Diego High School Key Club

Our Kiwanis club sponsors two Key Clubs in our community at Gomper’s Preparatory Academy and San Diego High School. Key Club members learn how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with our Kiwanis club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities.

If you have a passion for youth in high school, these students are always looking for mentors as well as chaperones for their yearly events!


Committee Chair: Chris Pare

The School Counseling Committee is a group of individuals that focus on supporting our elementary school counselors in the San Diego Unified School District. This committee supports our counselors through counseling materials, mini grants, and a recognition event. This event is an annual recognition event where all school counselors are invited to attend and be recognized for their service. If you have a passion for school counseling, this is the group for you! All members are invited to attend the annual event as well!


Committee Chairs: Karina Sousa + Monica Ball

The Youth Services Committee provides support to many organizations in the San Diego that are all focused on youth.

Organizations that are supported through this committee:

  • Boys to Men - Project: our club has supported Boys to Men in a variety of ways over the years. This year we are helping to construct a lodging and working space facility. They will construct a Yurt that will enable the organization to host 40 peers, campers and 15 mentors during an Adventure Mountain Weekend in Palomar Mountain, CA.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego - Project: with the Boys + Girls Club, we help provide daily 30-minute fitness activities/Healthy Lifestyle Educational Programs. As well as teen programming for 6-12 grader – career launch college and career prep/job shadows and college visits
  • Burn Institute - Project: “Fire Safe Kids,” Burn Institute’s fire and burn prevention program for 1,500 children grades kindergarten through sixth. All youth are at-risk of fire and burn injury if they don’t know how to project themselves. Each day over 300 youth are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die from their injuries.
  • Uplift - Project: Support Kids at Heart and Swimming Upstream. Kids at Heart is one-on-one tutoring with the same student each week during the school year. Tutors provide accountability, homework assistance, and fun while learning! Swimming Upstream is Year round mentorship for young women grades 7-12 in addition to a 15 week program that develops leadership skills and encourages positive life choices.
  • Reality Changers - Project: provide academic scholarships to fund high-achieving, inner-city students seeking to attend UC San Diego’s Academic Connections, a three-week summer residential program for high school students seeking hands-on, college-level research opportunities at one of the world’s top universities.
  • Ronald McDonald House - Project: help 30 families with children stay at the Ronald McDonald House for 10 nights each (300 nights). Families experiencing a pediatric medical crisis are often in financial distress, and they struggle to make the suggested $20 contribution towards the full $168 cost of each night of lodging and meals.
  • Salvation Army - Project: provide scholarships for 10 low-income children to attend Salvation Army’s residential camp, Pine Summit, located in Big Bear for a week. Children will participate in activities that will help address their mental, social, physical and spiritual needs such as swimming, hiking, archery, paint ball, ropes courses, arts & crafts, dancing, playing musical instruments, and singing that help develop attributes such as cooperation, respect, self-esteem, independence and leadership skills.
  • Star Pal - Project: Annual STAR/PAL Fishing Derby, Get Elevated Boot Camp, Outdoor Enrichment Program, Annual Surf Clinic
  • San Diego Food Bank - Project: Food 4 Kids Backpack Program – an annual program that provides weekend bags of nutritious and child-friendly food to 1,730 chronically hungry children at 37 sites throughout the county, a 5% increase from the year before. It costs the Food Bank $200 to feed one child for the school year. Our club supports 25 children.


Committee Chair: John Rush

The International Children’s Services Committee is a group of individuals that help support international organizations! The group makes an annual trip to Tijuana every year – normally in the month of April. If you have a passion for international services, this is the group for you!

Organizations that are supported through this committee:

Children's Hospital of the Californias - Project: our club has a long history with this hospital and has provided great support over many years. This year the funds will support an updated publication of an Infant Nutrition Book by the Co-Founder of the Foundation for the Children of the Californias, Dr. Elizabeth Jones. This is a comprehensive book available in both English and Spanish is for new parents to help improve infant health and nutrition on both sides of the border.

International Relief Teams - Project: our club helps support the International Relief Teams by providing adequate shelter for the approximately 150 families living in Fuentes del Valle. We will take a trip with our members in December to help build a house for one of these families.

Vida Joven - Project: Vida Joven is a safe and loving home for up to 30 children in Tijuana, Mexico. All the children have been abandoned or are children of prisoners. Our club helps support the summer day camp for children for five weeks, four months of English classes, feeding all children for a month, clean drinking water for nine months and public school for all children for one year.

International Rescue Committee - Project: Our club supports the IRC Girl’s Academy that helps 25 refugee girls develop their full potential, relate to others increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.


Committee chairs: Karina Sousa + Tom Yahner

Currently, we are having networking socials on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in Liberty Station!

Upcoming Dates: 12/12/17, 1/9/18, 2/13/18, 3/13/18, 4/10/18, 5/8/18, 6/12/18, 7/10/18, 8/14/18, 9/11/18


Committee Chairs: June Prewitt + Ricardo Sandoval

Interclubs are when our club members go and visit other clubs in our Division 11! We need 4 of our members for it to be an ‘official’ interclub! All interclubs are available online to register for. More information, contact committee chairs – June Prewitt + Ricardo Sandoval






November 8

7:15 AM


Jacobs Center Community Room

404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, 92114

December 14

7:15 AM


Family House of Pancakes

1900 E. Plaza Blvd., National City, 9150

January 4

7:00 AM


Chula Vista Library

4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, 91902

February 14

12:10 PM


Waffle House

2323 Midway Drive, San Diego, 91950

March 13

6:00 PM

South Bay Marina

National City Middle School LIbrary

1701 D Street, National City, 91950

April 18

12:00 PM

National City

National City Adult School

517 Mile of Cars, National City, 91950

May 10

12:00 PM


Coco's Restaurant

3444 College Ave, San Diego, 92115

July 3

12:00 PM

Imperial Beach

Boys & Girls Club

817 Encina Ave, Imperial Beach, 91932

August 28

12:00 PM

Chula Vista


323 Third Ave., Chula Vista, 91910

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

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