Service Projects

Stash the Trash
Ames Noon Kiwanis band of merry souls cleaning up downtown Ames April 30 2016. Despite the rain, each person slogged for about an hour to fill their trash bag and, leave the Main Street Cultural District much cleaner. Pictured: Gary Osweiler, Jerry Chase, Gary Wade, Venita Currie, Jim Converse, John Core, Bob Currie taking picture.

Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, "Young Children: Priority One." This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition, and parenting skills.

Service projects also can address other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.

Special Olympics

  • Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. The first Special Olympics U.S. National Summer Games were held in Ames in 2006! The Kiwanis Club has for many years provided volunteers for Special Olympics and we look forward to volunterring for this outstanding event.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

  • The Relay for Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at ISU's Lied Recreation Center and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. The Kiwanis Club sponsors a team and provides volunteers at the event.

Habitat for Humanity International

  • Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The Kiwanis Club of Ames is honored to provide volunteers to help build HFHI homes in Ames.

Food Shelf

  • Members of the Kiwanis Club gather for a day of bagging groceries and picking up donations from resturants and food stores for the Mid-Iowa Community Action Food Shelf project. We are picking up lots and lots and lots of food at lots and lots of places. We are working with Hy-Vee on potential food drives. Volunteers are needed! Contact Bernie White for more details and to ask how you can help pick up food.Thank you to Carl and Ginny Anderson, Cynthia Gaunt, Ken Larson, Gary and Sue
    Osweiler, and Don and Mary Ellen Wishart for helping Bernie collect food each week.

Food At First

  • Each month in which there is a Fifth Monday, volunteers from our club join other volunteers to help prepare and serve the Food at First, free-to-anyone meal at First Christian Church in Ames. Monday, October 30, 2017, left-to-right, Carl Anderson, Paul Domoto, Steve Miller, Pres. Synthia Gaunt, Bernie White, Ronnie Lindeman.




Community Projects Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ames, Iowa

The Kiwanis Club is proud to sponsor many facilities and activities that benefit children in the Ames area. We have made financial awards to these and others:

  • Ames Youth Sports Complex,
  • Boys and Girls Club of Ames,
  • Ames/ISU Ice Arena,
  • Octagon Center for the Arts,
  • Youth and Shelter Services,
  • Ada Hayden Heritage Park,
  • Lloyd Kurtz Park,
  • Ames Education Foundation,
  • Assault Care Center Extending Service and Support,
  • Ames Little League,
  • Ames Girl's Softball,
  • Beloit Children's Home,
  • Ames High School,
  • Ames Middle School,
  • Friends of Ames Swimming,
  • Emergency Residence Project,
  • Ames Community Preschool Playhouse,
  • Story County 4-H Program,
  • City of Ames Skateboard Complex,
  • Hugh O'Brien Youth Seminar,
  • Ames Minor Hockey Association,

Photographs From Some Of Our Projects


Ada Hayden Heritage Park

We cleared land and planted trees and shrubs at the new Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

Lloyd Kurtz Park

We purchased and planted 25 trees and 60 shrubs at Lloyd Kurtz Park. The neighbors so appreciated our contributions they stopped by to help!



With excellent leadership by Frank Schill and Denny Jones, we built a deck for the women and children at the ACCESS shelter.

Heartland Senior Services

We helped serve guests at Heartland Senior Services Center at Thanksgiving.

International Service

We helped sponsor a trip by Ames High School students to build a school in Tororo, Uganda.