The civic-minded and socially responsible among us have numerous groups to consider donating our time to. It is always important to try and help others, especially in the midst of trying times.
We have curated this guide to the service clubs in the Cayman Islands, who are always looking for a helping hand, new members and kindness, so that you can find the organisation that's right for you.
100 Men That Give A Damn!
A group of 100+ men each give CI$100 directly to one of three charities four times a year. Each quarter, members attend a one-hour meeting where three charities present their causes. Members vote to determine which charity will receive the total CI$10,000+.
100 Women Who Care
Join the women who make a difference in the Cayman community. 100 Women Who Care hosts events four times a year. For your CI$100 donation at each event, they offer a fun and relaxed networking hour with the chance to win prizes. All donations are combined and awarded to the winning charity voted for by you on the night. For more details, please visit their website or their Facebook page.
Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club of Grand Cayman
An influential network of business and professional women from 96 countries with consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe. The root of BPW’s advocacy is embedded in its work with the United Nations. BPW lobbied for the formation of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and has supported many women’s issues. Visit their Facebook page for meeting times and locations. They run regular social events, fundraisers and community events.
IWIRC Aim Higher Mentoring
Tel: (345) 949 8444 or (345) 749 4013
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IWIRC Aim Higher is an exciting mentoring programme with the aim of providing support to 15-16-year-old students at John Gray High School. The programme runs from October to May each year. During term time, mentors meet with the students one lunchtime per week to help them set and achieve their goals. The programme coordinators are always on the lookout for new mentors and offer a training course to teach volunteers how to use study skills, knowledge and active listening techniques to support the students. Volunteers must complete the Darkness to Light Child Protection training course and provide a police clearance certificate.
Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman
The club actively promotes the wellbeing of children in the community. Kiwanis club sponsors and aids five key clubs in local high schools and a Circle K group at UCCI. Over the years, the club has played an active part in helping with school luncheons at eight Government primary schools and, this past year, at some of the high school divisions. Its popular festive annual family fun day, ‘Santa Landing’, takes place in December, and it's one of Cayman’s youth's favourite events. The club also runs a mobile reading programme. Annual fundraisers include KiwaniBike, Breakfast for Dinner and various other events. For information on club meetings and projects, visit their website or contact President Jessica Kozaily at (345) 916 6404.
Lions Club of Grand Cayman
President: Lion Michael Havlin
Tel: (345) 938 8545
Meetings take place on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm and are held at the Lions Community Centre. Projects include sight preservation, PACCE (Prostate and Colon Cancer Event), The Delano Hislop Memorial Run/Walk, Spelling Bee, Community Food Pantry and more.
Lions Club of Tropical Gardens
President: Phillip Laing
Tel: (345) 936 1739
Meetings take place on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6.30pm and are held at Mike Simmons Den (across from Mango Tree). During the Breast Cancer Awareness month of October, the club provides mammogram vouchers in addition to educational programmes to increase awareness.
Tel: (345) 928 8098
The Optimist Club aims to improve opportunities for children in Cayman. In 2021-2022, its main focus was mentorship, and it facilitated projects with The Frances Bodden Children's Home and The Boyz2Men group at John Gray High School. These included park beautifications, mathematics tutoring sessions, its 'Adopt a Plant' initiative and sailing lessons. The club meets at the Constitution Hall (previously named the Town Hall) at 6pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. You can learn more about the work the club does on Facebook or Instagram.
Plastic Free Cayman
An organisation that arranges regular clean-ups in the hopes of reducing plastic pollution. The organisation focuses on educating and making the public aware of the harmful effects that plastic pollution has on Cayman and the world. Join the fight against plastic pollution by taking its 345 Pledge and help work towards a Plastic Free Cayman.
Rotaract Blue is a non-profit organisation that caters to young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. Rotaract Blue’s bi-weekly online meetings are held at 6pm on Wednesdays.
Rotary Club of Grand Cayman
The club supports local and international community projects in the spirit of ‘Service above Self’. The group meets every Thursday at 12.30pm at various locations, including Grand Old House and the Westin hotel. Meeting locations are subject to change, so visit the website beforehand.
Rotary Club of Cayman Brac
Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm at The Cayman Brac Beach Resort conference room, West End.
Rotary Central Cayman Islands
President: Mrs Jennifer Leach-Tippetts
The club meets at Guy Harvey's Boathouse Grill, South Church Street on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
The club meets at George Town Yacht Club on Wednesdays at 6.45am for a 7am start.