There are many perils that face the children of the world today.
Kiwanis International is dedicated to eliminating those perils and giving children everywhere better lives and higher standards of living through service programs.
The Kiwanis Club of Clarksville works together to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. Our focus is to make Clarksville a better place to live.
Our club participates in the worldwide ELIMINATE Kiwanis service project benefiting the elimination of Neonatal Tetanus worldwide.
Youth programs that we support include Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. In addition we support three local Key Clubs (Clarksville Academy, Clarksville High School and Montgomery Central High School) in Montgomery County.
We support local agencies that directly impact disadvantaged young people of Clarksville. These include the Salvation Army, YoungLife, Big Brothers/Big Sisters thru Bowl for Kid’s Sake, the Red Cross, Clarksville Association for Down Syndrome (CADS), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Our club has provided to the local fire department a Fire Safety House which can be taken to local schools in order to help teach children what to do in case of a fire at home. In addition, we provided the Clarksville/ Montgomery County library with a Kiwanis Learning Center for the children’s section of the library.
For students, we sponsor four college scholarships each year for local Kiwanis family kids.
We support child care and development projects like literacy empowerment through our Reading Rodeo program. With this, we donate thousands of books each year to third-grade students in Montgomery County. We also support hundreds of children in the local Head Start programs through our annual Children’s Christmas party.
Through our Memories of Service and Sacrifice committee, we sponsor an annual “Interview a Veteran” contest as well as the Faces of Valor project displayed in the courthouse.
Recently, we have worked with the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center to enhance their children’s exhibits and interactive play areas.
All these projects are made possible through much hard work and the tireless efforts of Kiwanis members working on our fund raising projects. Our major fund raising projects include our annual Kiwanis Raffle, Best of Clarksville and by far the biggest and most profitable fundraiser, the Bill Hoy Kiwanis Rodeo, which has been an ongoing fundraiser for more than 34 years.