Southfield-Lathrup Optimists, Kiwanis & Lions Clubs join forces to Celebrate Community 2022 through volunteer service

September 16, 2022

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Part of a global service week initiative to strengthen communities and improve lives

Community service will take center stage on September 24 as the Cosmopolitan Detroit Kiwanis Club, Lathrup Village Lions Club and the Optimist Club of Southfield-Lathrup Village join together for Celebrate Community 2022 from 9-11:30 a.m. to provide volunteer service to World Medical Relief, 21725 Melrose Ave in Southfield.

Since 1953, World Medical Relief’s mission has been to facilitate the distribution of surplus medical resources where they are most needed around the world. Goods are distributed in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, gender, religion, nationality, or political beliefs in an ongoing effort to relieve human suffering, demonstrate respect for all people, collaborate with the community organizations collectively to provide services to those in need and to maintain a proactive approach to improving services provided.

The collective group is seeking additional volunteers to assist in packaging medical and other supplies to assist those locally and around the world. To participate, please RSVP by Wednesday, September 21, 2022 to or call (248) 506-5118.  

Leadership from the service organizations Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, and Optimist International have encouraged their clubs and youth programs around the world to work together on projects during one week as part of a joint initiative dubbed Celebrate Community – #CelebrateCommunity.  Issues related to health and wellness, food insecurity and hunger, education and literacy, and the environment will be addressed through community cleanups, food donations and distributions, walks or runs to raise money for specific causes and book collections for children.

About Kiwanis: Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11- 14, K-Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises more than 537,000 adult and youth members in 85 nations and geographic areas. Visit for more information. 

About Lions: Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. More than 1.4 million members in over 48,000 clubs are serving in 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects, and we extend our service impact through the generous support of our Lions Clubs International Foundation. We are focused on supporting vision, the environment, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes, and other pressing humanitarian needs to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit

About Optimist: Optimist International, founded in 1919, is a service organization serving youth and communities around the globe. It has nearly 70,000 adult and youth members in more than 2,500 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and many other nations throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Youth, in our Communities, and in Ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at

The Optimist Club of Southfield-Lathrup Village meets on the second Tuesdays of the month at  8 a.m. for their Morning Meeting at Kerby's Coney Island located at  25050 Northwestern Highway in Southfield.