What We Do

2023 scholarship winners
2023 Scholarship Winners

High School Scholarships

Several scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who in academics and/or exhibit the Kiwanis values.
Applicants must live in San Carlos or Belmont.
Our values are: Treating people as you would like to be treated; providing service to your community; living and promoting high social standards, good citizenship and high ideals which support righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.

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Hunger Prevention Programs

Caring CupboardAlong with the local Lions and Rotary Clubs, and the San Carlos Senior Center, we run and support the program to distribute healthy food weekly to Seniors in need.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Our club members and high school students in our Key Clubs, we frequently volunteer at the local food bank to prepare bags of food for families that might otherwise go hungry.

Holiday Food Drives
Along with personal donations, members help distribute and collect food donation buckets to collect food during the holiday season.

Special Games

If there is one program that makes every Kiwanian know why they joined, it’s volunteering in the yearly district wide “Special Games” event held at a local community college campus.  Sure to touch your heart, hundreds of students with special needs participate in athletic contests, complete with the regalia of an opening ceremony.

Educational Volunteering

We have a long running program, “Hug-a-book” which encourages program to encourage a love of reading. Members select books and read them to first grade students in local elementary schools.  Great fun.

Our members also participate in “Healthy Cities” tutoring students of all grade levels

Key Clubs

Key clubbers in a classroom meeting

Key Club exists on more than 5,000 high school campuses in 30 countries in the US, Canada, Caribbean nations, Central and South America, Asia, and Australia with more than 260,000 members. San Carlos Kiwanis sponsors clubs at 3 local High Schools.
Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Members of the Kiwanis International family and Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

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Boy and Girl Scouts

We sponsor Troop 301 (Boys) & Troop 4301 (Girls) in Belmont. An inclusive group, the troop promotes balancing school, family, and other extracurricular activities, while extending service to the community. Although they encourage and support rank advancement, the main emphasis remains the process: learning vital skills for life and how to lead others through positive and respectful guidance — along with having FUN.

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Toy Drive

Getting toys ready for children

All children should have a wonderful Christmas

So, each year our members collect. donate, and wrap new toys for local children.

Fund Raising

We hold a variety of events to raise funds for Scholarships and the other programs our foundation support.  Some recent events include:

  • Biannual Kiwanis Variety show
  • Wine Tasting and Auction
  • Luau – food and entertainment
  • Hometown Days BBQ
  • Tennis and Pickleball Tournaments


Our club contributes to critical international causes such as

  • Raising funds to combat Neonatal Tetnus
  • Members and friends donated approximately 1200 pounds of coats and pajamas to be sent to Ukraine. 
  • Contributing to International Hunger Programs, such as packaging and raising funds for RiseAgainstHunger.org to provide 5055 meals (this picture)

Support for Seniors in the community

Besides our Food insecurity programs, our members volunteer in programs to help seniors stay in their homes. 

We also host a Senior Recognition Day:  A luncheon for seniors at the San Carlos Adult Community Center.