Learn about our service club, and how you can help!


Learn about our service club, and how you can help!

About Us



We are a group of dedicated volunteers serving the needs of Ventura with an emphasis on youth and vulnerable adults, while providing our members opportunities for fellowship, leadership and business relations.



Can't make our weekly Friday meetings? Then Kiwanis After Dark is for you. We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month in the evenings at rotating venues around Ventura. Contact us for more info., and we'll see you soon!

Our History

Kiwanis: Then and Now

Founded October 22, 1925, our club began with about 25 members and has grown to its current membership of 57. Over the years, Ventura Kiwanis has held many fundraisers, including pancake breakfasts, basketball tournaments, yard sales and the Cool Breeze Bike Ride. We help out in the community in a variety of ways, including sponsoring youth groups at local elementary, middle and high schools, raising money to benefit children and children’s support groups, and providing scholarships for high school students. The club sponsors Law Day and Firefighter Services & Heroes Day. The club also provides volunteers for the Kinetic Sculpture Race and the Pier Under the Stars events.

Ventura Kiwanis has enjoyed a rich history over the years, with its members coming from fields like accounting, banking, education, human resources, insurance, law, management, real estate and many more. While our primary focus is the children of our community, the club also serves as a forum for the productive exchange of professional relationships.

The Details


  • We run clubs in 6+ schools and for adults with developmental disabilities to expose  participants to community service
  • We organize and staff the Festival of Talent, a professionally directed talent show raising $40,000 annually
  • We conduct countywide awards ceremonies for Law Enforcement and Fire Services 
  • We help staff Bravo, a celebration of VUSD staff at the end of the school year
  • We staff 3 basketball tournaments each year (VHS for the 55th year in 2019)
  • We provide a meaningful Holiday party for VUSD Special Education students
  • We staff 4 polling cites in Ventura
  • We help staff Pier Under the Stars
  • We help with the Kinetic Sculpture Race to support Turning Point
  • We annually raise funds with Cool Breeze Century – bike rides ranging from 34 to 125 miles for 1500 to 1700 riders
  • We give financial support to community charities


  • We have fun serving our community and at our weekly meetings
  • We provide social events so our members can relax and enjoy each other's company


  • We have internal leaders to direct our operations and foundation
  • We operate on a committee system with chairpersons and servant leaders
  • We are a part of Division 42, CalNevHaw District and Kiwanis International


  • We provide opportunities for our members to get to know and trust each other - those are the people you want to do business with
  • We provide occasional programs at our meetings addressing business growth, motivation and community involvement
  • We are active in the Ventura Chamber of Commerce


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Looking to make a difference locally, but can't become a member? The Ventura Kiwanis Foundation welcomes your charitable contribution! 

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