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 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+.
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 the 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. BPW Grand Cayman meets every third Wednesday of the month from 5.30pm. They run regular social events, fundraisers and community events. New members are always welcome.
IWIRC Aim Higher Mentoring
Tel: (345) 949 8444 or (345) 749 4013
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
IWIRC Aim Higher is an exciting mentoring programme with the aim of helping 15/16 year old students at John Gray High School with school and life. The programme runs from September to May each year. During term time, mentors meet with the students one lunchtime a week, in order to help them set and achieve their goals. The initiative is always on the lookout for new mentors and offers a training course to teach volunteers how to use study skills knowledge and active listening techniques to help them support the students. Volunteers must also complete the Darkness to Light Child Protection training course run by the Red Cross.
Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman
The Club actively promotes the well-being of children in the community. Their largest project is the ‘Buy A Kid Breakfast’ programme, which provides breakfast to children who would come to school without a morning meal at eight local primary schools. During the COVID-19 lockdown, they partnered with Feed our Future and the Department of Education Services to provide a hot meal or supermarket voucher for almost 600 students for 23 weeks in total. Kiwanis also sponsors and aids five Key Clubs in local high schools and a Circle K group at UCCI and the popular festive annual family fun day ‘Santa Landing’. Their mobile reading programme runs each week at George Town Primary School. Annual fundraisers include KiwaniBike and Breakfast for Dinner. For information on club meetings and projects visit their website or contact President Jessica Kozaily at (345) 916 6404.
Lions Club of Grand Cayman
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: Lion Maxine Bravo
Tel: (345) 939 1118
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 spread awareness.
Tel: (345) 928 8098
The Optimist Club aims to improve opportunities for children in Cayman. The club hosts the Optimist Oratorical Contest and Kids Speak Out (where children speak on a given subject and win scholarship funds), Essay Contests, The Internet Safety Seminar, Respect for Law and various projects aimed at providing opportunities for youth. In 2021, the club ventured on an entrepreneurial mindset contest where young people were invited to pitch a business idea that they would like to receive funding for. The club meets at the Constitution Hall (previously named the Town Hall) at 6pm on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.
Plastic Free Cayman
An organisation that arranges regular clean-ups in the hopes of reducing plastic pollution. They focus 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 their 345 Pledge and help work towards a Plastic Free Cayman. See their Instagram page to find out about upcoming clean-ups.
Rotaract Blue is a non-profit organisation that caters to young adults between the ages of 18 -30. Rotaract Blue’s weekly 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’. They meet every Thursday at 12.30pm at various locations including Grand Old House and the Westin hotel. Meeting locations are subject to change, so visit their website beforehand to see where their ‘upcoming events’ are scheduled. Visiting Rotarians and individuals interested in learning more are welcomed.
Rotary Club of Cayman Brac
Meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 6.45pm at The Cayman Brac Beach Resort, West End.
Rotary Central Cayman Islands
President: Mrs. Corleen Goodman-Hoptroff
Secretary: Monica Ramgeet
Meets at Saltwater Grill, Galleria Plaza, West Bay Road on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
Meets at George Town Yacht Club, on Wednesdays at 6.45am for a 7am sharp start.