Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.
By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.
Did you know that each year more than 12,000 children and teenagers will be diagnosed with cancer? Did you also know that one in every 330 Americans develops cancer before the age of 20? Due to statistics such as these, Optimist Clubs are encouraged to participate in this program by building awareness of the disease, providing assistance to childhood cancer patients and their families and supporting research to find a cure.
Optimist International has met a $1 million commitment to fund an Endowed Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. During the 2011-12 Optimist year, a new pledge of $500,000 was made to Johns Hopkins in the new Cure Childhood Cancer Campaign. The Childhood Cancer Campaign's mission statement is: "Optimist International shall be the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer." Clubs are asked to donate funds restricted to CCC Research to play an important role in finding the cure.
To donate funds to research at Johns Hopkins, please send donations to: Optimist International Foundation Attn: Childhood Cancer Campaign 4494 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108
Camp Quality is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer. Many difficult physical and emotional challenges face a child, and his or her family, when battling cancer. At our summer camps we have developed an important type of “therapy” . . . we like to call it Smile Therapy! With a laugh in their hearts and smiles on their faces, Camp Q. Kids find themselves capable of more than they may have dreamed possible. Visit our homepage for more information.
Camp Hope-Heartland, Inc is a non-profit whose goal is to improve the health of children and adolescents with cancer. Currently our primary program is Camp Hope, a summer camp for youth who have, or have had, cancer. It takes place each June at Camp Aldrich near Claflin, Kansas. Accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Hope is open to children and teens between the ages of 5 and 17 years. We also offer a daycamp starting at age 4 for youth who are too young or simply unable to attend the full week of camp. Camp Hope is FREE for all attendees! We also provide free bus transportation for campers from Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita. Visit our homepage for more information.