Kiwanis Raleigh Programs and Initiatives

100 years of being there for kids when it matters

Places to Play

The New Kiwanis Park:

In 1954, Raleigh Kiwanis partnered with the City of Raleigh to create the original Kiwanis Park.  The first Civic Club sponsored park in Raleigh.

In 2020, Raleigh Kiwanis contributed $318,000 to the City of Raleigh, resulting in a new playground, basketball court, a dog run, a rebuilt baseball field and a new staffed Park Center building. 

Sassafras Park:

In 2014, Raleigh Kiwanis gave new life to an aging park with a $100,000 lead grant. These funds were used to create a huge, safe playground suitable for special needs children. The Sassafras All Children’s Park is second only to Pullen Park in the number of children and their families who enjoy it.

2016 Borshoff CA Playground
Kiwanis Park Dedication

Old Ideas, New Ideas, Your Ideas:

Habitat House

In 1996-1997 our club sponsored the construction of a Habitat for Humanity house on Spaulding Street in Raleigh. The total cost of $46,800 was paid by our members, an Athens Drive High School Key Club Fundraiser and the Raleigh Kiwanis Foundation. 60 of our members worked on the house along with students from our sponsored Key Clubs.

Boys and Girls Clubs Christmas Party

Members of our club host an annual Christmas party for the Boys and Girls Club.

Diaper Drive 

Kids can’t go to daycare without diapers and Mom and Dad can’t go to work without daycare. In 2014, Raleigh Kiwanis began an annual diaper drive to aid the Diaper Train program at St. Saviour’s Center. Since 2013, our club has provided over 20,000 baby wipes and 60,000 diapers to kids in need.

Kiwanis Steps Up

The Orphaned Children of Raleigh

One of the first major efforts of the Kiwanis Raleigh was the Kiwanis Orphans Beach Calvade. After WWII, hundreds of orphaned children were cared for at the Catholic Orphanage and the Methodist Home for Children.  Most of them had never traveled to or seen the ocean. The Kiwanis Club of Raleigh saw a need and took them on an outing to Onslow Beach along with a visit to Camp LeJeune.

Soup Kitchen

Since 1986, Raleigh Kiwanis Club members have consistently volunteered at the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen at 125 Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh.

The Shepherd’s Table has been in operation since 1968 and serves hot meals to about 300 people Monday through Friday.

Kiwanis Orphans Beach Calvade