Kiwanis Club of Dothan is part of the Alabama District of Kiwanis International and began September 23, 1920. Annually, the club raises more than $40,000 for the community. Along with annual fundraising and ongoing service projects, the club also gives back by sponsoring service leadership programs to include Key Club, Circle K Club, and Aktion Club. Kids need Kiwanis, and Kiwanis needs kids.

The Kiwanis Club of Dothan helps many local organizations:

  • Reading is Fundamental Project
  • College Scholarships to Local Students
  • Distinguished Young Women of the Wiregrass
  • Kiwanis International Children’s Fund
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Houston County Farm City Week
  • Alabama Kiwanis Foundation
  • Jim Oates Walking Trail
  • Alzheimer’s Resource Center
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass
  • Houston County Cattlemen Steer and Heifer Shows
  • Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention
  • Sheriffs Youth Ranches of Alabama
  • Alfred Saliba Family Services
  • Time Youth Impact Center
  • Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center

Kiwanis International empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Kiwanis is present in 80 nations with nearly 60,000 adult and youth members. On this global scale, clubs dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours and raise more than US$107 million.

Kiwanis International’s Global Health Initiatives:

  • Iodine deficiency: Iodine deficiency is one of the world’s leading causes of preventable intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also increases the risk of thyroid disease and can negatively impact fetal health and development. Fortunately, we know how these effects can be prevented: through the adequate consumption of iodized salt. Kiwanis became involved in the fight against iodine deficiency in a campaign with UNICEF that lasted from 1994 to 2005. In that time, Kiwanians raised over US$105 million for salt iodization, testing and monitoring, and community outreach and education in more than 89 nations. As a result, 88% of the world’s households have access to iodized salt, and hundreds of millions of children have escaped the effects of iodine deficiency. The Kiwanis Children’s Fund continues to support the Iodine Global Network in furthering the fight against iodine deficiency around the world.
  • Maternal and neonatal tetanus: A painful and deadly disease, maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) disproportionately affects areas where poverty, lack of education and inadequate health infrastructure make unhygienic birth practices more common. In 2010, Kiwanis launched The Eliminate Project, a global campaign to eliminate MNT by supporting UNICEF’s efforts to administer vaccines and promote clean delivery and umbilical cord care practices. Since Kiwanis joined the fight against MNT, newborn deaths from tetanus have dropped 57%, according to the World Health Organization. The Kiwanis Children’s Fund continues to work with UNICEF to help complete its work in the 12 countries where MNT remains a threat. During the period 2011-2020, the Kiwanis family raisied more than US $119 million. 
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