Signature Project: 3Rs for 3BR - Reinforcing the Rewards of Reading: Building a Better Baton Rouge
3Rs for 3BR provides new and used children's books to public locations throughout Baton Rouge where adults and their young children from 0-5 years of age are likely to spend time. Sites currently include Health Clinics and Pre-K programs, for example. At these sites, in bookshelves donated by 3Rs for 3BR, Kiwanis Volunteers place books that can be selected and read to young children. Once the adult caregiver or parent is finished reading one of the books to the child, the book is then signed over to the child for her or his personal library at home.
Our club has provided over 20,000 books for kids from birth to 5 years old!
Service Leadership Programs
If Kiwanis did nothing but this, we could take great pride in our work with Service Leadership Programs.
Service Leadership is the powerful force that occurs once a person discovers their heart to serve, answers their call to lead, and summons their courage to engage.
Our Service Leadership Programs are designed to inspire elementary, middle school, high school and college students, as well as adults who live with disabilities, to become engaged members of their communities who work to solve problems and help others through service.
Downtown Kiwanis sponsors various Service Leadership Programs in the Baton Rouge area including: BRFLAIM K Kids, Lee High Key Club, U High Key Club, LSU CKI
Learn more about Kiwanis and Service Leadership Programs
Youth Services Initiative
With a focus on children from 5-18, this initiative sponsors several projects aimed at creating a better community for our children. Projects and sponsorships include: Adopted School – BRFLAIM, Cub Scout Pack (428), Sporting Events with Louisiana School for the Deaf, McMains Center Annual Canoe Trip, Big Buddy, Boys and Girls Club, Project R.I.D.E, Young Leaders Academy, YMCA Summer Camp, K Miley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Fishing Trips with Youth Organizations
Kids from various group such as Boys and Girls, BRFLAIM, Big Buddy and Inner City Scouts are given their own rod & reel to keep, taught to cast and then turned loose to do some catch and release at the ponds at Waddill.
While Downtown Kiwanians do spend a lot of time focusing on children’s initiatives, the club also has a focus on helping the seniors in our community. Some of the programs done by this committee are: Senior Companions, Charlie’s Place, Hospice of Baton Rouge, Louisiana War Veterans Home Christmas celebration
Downtown Kiwanians concern themselves with helping the many International students who come to study at LSU and Southern. The committee supports the international Hospitality Foundation. Kiwanians assist with the welcoming party where the students are feted to some south Louisiana food and culture before classes start for the semester in the fall and a Mardi Gras themed event in the Spring.
The Courtesy Award, started in 1921, recognizes the top student nominated by their school faculty for being the nicest, most helpful, and kind person for each school in Baton Rouge. Nearly 100 awards are presented each year to the most deserving student at a school.
The Downtown Kiwanis Club also sponsors annual Nursing scholarships for students at 4 area nursing schools.
Downtown Kiwanians Answer the Call to Serve – ANYWHERE, ANYTIME
Members are able to suggest, plan, and attend service projects all around the community.