The Childhood Cancer Campaign was established by Optimist International in 2001 with the mission of "being the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer." Since the program's inception, clubs in every district have participated in various activities focused on building awareness of the disease, providing assistance for children and their families, and supporting research to find a cure. June has been designated as Optimist Childhood Cancer Awareness month. For more information on our projects on the local level, contact us at [email protected].
Youth Appreciation projects are intended to make children feel important and highlight their positive contributions to society. Since 1956, this program has given Optimist Clubs the occasion to work with youth toward the common goals of education, career development, physical well-being and community service. A Club's Youth Appreciation program can be more than an awards ceremony or a dinner for a few top students.
YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST
This essay requires students under the age of 18 as of December 31st of the current school year who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent to compose a 700 to 800 word essay around a central idea. The contest is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year. For more information about the contest, click here.
COATS FOR KIDS
The Coats for Kids program is available to all the youth in our community. The program's goal is to reach those children who need assistance purchasing a winter coat. With the help of school districts and various outreach programs, requests for coats are made to the club. Members of the Twin Falls Optimist Club fill those requests and deliver the coats to the children. Coats are donated by community members at several drop-off locations, and are purchased as necessary. This program is an opportunity for everyone to make a difference and help children!
YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES
Our Mission in community service is to enhance the well-being of our local children who have a variety of needs that may be going unmet due to family hardship. As a result of our club's many popular fundraising events, we have the funds to help provide these children with school supplies and basic necessities. If you know a child in need that we may help, please contact the School and/or Administrator where the child is enrolled.
EASTER EGG HUNT
The club has been co-sponsoring this event for the past 30 years with the Twin Falls Parks & Recreation Department. This event is held on the Saturday before Easter at the Twin Falls City Park. This Easter Egg Hunt is the largest and longest running hunt in Twin Falls. Children are split into four age groups for their chance to win special eggs that can be redeemed for a one dollar gold coin.
The Bell Ringing Campaign enables the Salvation Army to provide food, toys, and clothing to more than six million people during the Christmas season, and helps more than 34 million Americans recovering from personal disasters nationwide. On a local level, the Twin Falls Optimist Club helps by volunteering our time on a Saturday during the Holidays to raise money for the Salvation Army.
DC CHRISTMAS PARTY
In December the club gets into the Christmas spirit by providing a full Christmas dinner for kids and their families. Santa is also a part of this fun event. We pick children's groups that most benefit from this project. Over 300 were served in 2015 with the help of the Boys & Girls Club. For photos of the event, click here.
RESPECT FOR LAW
Optimist Clubs participate in activities to inspire respect for law enforcement among young people and to educate them on the jobs these brave men and women perform. Events are also held to promote a sense of well-being in the community such as child ID events, poster or essay contests on alternatives to violence, and various family-friendly activities.
The Internet Safety program was established in December 2008 with the focus of providing clubs with resources to educate both young people and their parents about potential dangers on the internet and offering information about safe practices while online.