Some of What We Do
Cleanup at the Y Women’s Shelter
We were back again on Saturday for a fall rake and take…another big load of leaves to the compost and some great comradery and conversation!! A big thank you to our extra volunteers that showed up and helped us get thing taken care of in record time!!
Bright Red Bookshelf
The Bright Red Bookshelf program recirculates gently used children’s books back into the community where they are made available free for families to own. Books are collected through book drives organized by service groups, congregations and campus organizations. These books are sorted, cleaned and affixed with a label, then set out on Bright Red Bookshelves at sites where children who need and want them will have easy access to them
In Kamloops, Literacy in Kamloops organizes a book drive called Heap the Honda in January of every year. The books collected from this drive are cleaned and used to supply several Red Bookshelves throughout Kamloops. Books are made available to children to take home with them.
The Kiwanis Club of Kamloops helps to maintain these bookshelves.
A legacy of the Summer Games 2010, these bookshelves are stocked with free books from the Heap the Honda Chidren’s Book Drive. Children can take books home, keep them, return them, or trade them for new books.
You can find a Bright Red Bookshelf at
- ASK Wellness, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, Children who Witness Abuse Program, White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society & Resource Centre, Downtown YMCA-YWCA, Interior Community Services, Secwepemc Child and Family Services Agency, Kamloops Child Development Centre, Big Little Science Centre, Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral, Salvation Army Family Centre and Tournament Capital Centre
- AE Perry, Arthur Hatton, Bert Edwards, Kay Bingham, Marion Schilling and Beattie elementary schools.
Thompson Rivers University Bursaries
Our Kiwanis Club sponsors three bursaries that are given out to deserving Thompson Rivers University students who are pursuing a career that will serve the children of our community.
Key Club Sponsorships
Kiwanis International is a “family” of organizations that focuses on teaching young children about the responsibilities of good citizenship, community service and building future leaders.
The Kiwanis Club of Kamloops sponsors one youth club:
- Norkam Secondary School Key Club
- Our sponsored youth groups independently initiate service projects and community service activities throughout the school year. Our club works through an adviser in each youth organization to coordinate our participation with their activities or to have them work with us on major service programs and fund raisers.
We are so proud of our youth groups and their accomplishments which make our community a much better place to live.
- To find out more about the activities of our youth groups, contact the current club liaison as listed below: Roger Parkes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Motorcycle Toy Run
For all the latest information on the Toy Run, head to the Facebook page linked below.
Every year in September the Kiwanis Club of Kamloops hosts a motorcycle toy run to collect donations and raise money for Christmas Amalgamated. Riders bring a new toy and or donation which we collect at the end of the ride. Christmas Amalgamated and the Salvation Army are on hand to receive donations of toys and cash.
This is one of the greatest feel good events of the year. Please, whether you ride or not, join us for a fun time and a a great chance to support the children of our community.
Bailey’s Meat Draw
Every Sunday afternoon at Bailey’s Pub we hold a meat draw. The proceeds of this fundraiser are donated to a local children’s charity. In the years we have been holding this event, over $60000 dollars has been raised and distributed to children’s organizations and charities in Kamloops. The recipients of the funds are changed from time to time. Please join us for a fun afternoon.
Radio & Online Auction
The Kiwanis Radio & Online Auction is held each year on radio B-100 (FM 100.1) for two nights. The broadcast begins at 6:30 each evening. Early bids are accepted beginning at 6:00 by phone. To place your bid, call 250-374-4131. The Online Auction www.kamloopskiwanisauction.ca will run simultaneously so you will be able to phone in to bid or continue bidding online.
All items which have been donated through the kindness of the local businesses, and all proceeds benefit children and children’s charities of Kamloops.
Raise a Reader
Each year members of our club get up early on a fall morning and go out to sell special edition newspapers to raise funds for Literacy initiatives for children in our community.
Super Reader/Super Lecteur
In this exciting program, students in a local elementary school are encouraged to set reading goals and then read at home every night. Once every few months, members from our club attend a school assembly where a book prize is awarded to the students who have achieved their reading goals.
Every year we hold a trivia night. Teams come to test their skill and have lots of fun raising funds for local children’s organizations. Below is a photo of the presentation of funds raised this year which were donated to the First Steps Education Program–a program that allows young moms to complete their schooling while keeping their children close by and well cared for.
Coin Vortex Program
The Kiwanis Club of Kamloops owns a coin vortex that can be used at events to raise funds. Children love to drop coins into the vortex and watch as they spiral down into the reservoir. If you are hosting any sort of event and would like to borrow the vortex to boost your fundraising totals.
Canada Day Raffle
Each year we hold a raffle that is drawn on Canada Day at the Riverside Park Celebrations. All proceeds are distributed to local children’s organizations and charities. In 2019, the proceeds went to The Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, Royal Inland Hospital Pediatrics Ward and People in Motion to fund programs for youth.