Welcome to Kiwanis

Welcome to your local Kiwanis service club, serving River Forest and Oak Park, where we are dedicated to supporting a culture of service in our community and developing youth as community leaders. READ MORE>>  

Luminarias - Light Up River Forest & Oak Park!

It's hard to believe that Light Up the Night is coming up so fast!

The Kiwanis of River Forest & Oak Park has assembled luminary kits for this event, which includes 10 wax candles, white bags, and sand to stabilize the bags. Cost is $10 per kit, with net proceeds use for Kiwanis efforts for children in our area.

Luminaria kits are available at Sugar Beet (812 Madison St, Oak Park) and on the front porch at 1043 Keystone Avenue in River Forest. Please drop payment into the mail slot to the right of the door with supplied envelope. Be sure to grab one sandbag for each kit.

Contact Rick Gillis by text 708-829-3552 or email Rick@Gillis-Direct.com for more information.

Thursday Night Out

On August 31 The Kiwanis was on-hand for the last Thursday Night Out in Oak Park for 2023. We will had candy and coloring projects for kids - and saw a number of up-and-coming articts. Take a look at the post in Instagram below.


In April the Kiwanis Club of River Forest-Oak Park partnered with Kiwanis clubs from Forest Park, Montclare - Elmwood Park, Bensenville, Norridge and North Lake clubs at Forest Park's Circle Lanes to raise almost $6,000 to benefit kids with developmental problems through the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation and YMCA Camp Independence.

Supporting children Resources

Join us: We meet twice monthly (2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month), and engage in service projects and social activities throughout the year. See our EVENTS CALENDAR>>

We have fun on Kiwanis Peanut Day, and throughout the year, raising funding for teen scholarships, community grants, and service projects. Find out how you can donate, apply for grants or scholarships, or participate in fundraising.

Service is at the heart of our club. Learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities to engage with your friends and neighbors to help in the community.  If you have an idea for a service project in our community, contact us.

We enjoy volunteering side-by-side for good causes, helping to seed the start of community events like Lincoln School's Science Expo, and learning more about the community from guest speakers during our meetings. Join us.