KIRF has been helping people help themselves have a better future in the United States since 2005 and in several ways. For disaster relief or a sustainable development project we purchase only what is asked for and then deliver those relief supplies directly to those in need. We are able to do this efficiently with the assistance of local non-profits, educators, business leaders, and medical professionals. Working with locally respected individuals with long histories in a community ensures that our assistance is truly helpful and culturally appropriate. We have been doing youth-orientated community service projects in our home town of Ventura since 2004 as well as small but gratifying and inspiring projects involving young people at our KIRF field work locations.
KIRF helping the Homelss Children's Playtime Project in Washington, DC for the National Day of Service
The volunteer founders of Kirwin International Relief Foundation (KIRF) headed to Washington, DC on January 16 to provide assistance for homeless children to heed President-Elect Obama’s request for Americans to do a community service project to honor the spirit of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. He called it a National Day of Service. While in DC they also attended the inauguration. Read more about KIRF helping the homeless in DC for National Day of Service >
Hurricane Katrina Relief: Getting relief to families who lost their homes with local educators & humanitarians in Mississippi.
Our inititial goal was modest due to our small size and funding: help a few families get back on their feet with living supplies they lost when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes. The specifics of how we were going to do this was worked out after we got to the disaster area and met with local people affected by the hurricane who we met through mutual friends and business aquaintances here in California. Read more about KIRF's Hurricane Katrina relief >
KIRF Roots & Shoots Youth Community Service Projects in Ventura and Ojai, California
KIRF has been coordinating community service learning projects for children every year since 2004 with students at local schools in Ventura and Ojai, California. Beneficiaries of our youth service projects include: local Ventura beaches (beach cleanups with the City of Ventura and students from Will Rogers Elementary and Pierpont Elementary), the local Arroyo Verde Park and Peace Day celebrations in Ventura and Los Angelese (with kids from Great Pacific Child Development Center, Will Rogers Elementary and Pierpont Elementary). KIRF Roots & Shoots involves and inspires kids to help other kids farway with our Katrina Holiday Card Exchange (with students at Will Rogers Elementary, Open Classroom/Blanche Reynolds Elementary and Great Pacific Child Development Center), our friendship bracelt project (with Arusha Roots & Shoots group in Tanzania). Our latest project was helping out at the the Earth Day Unplugged environmental educational outreach event at Oak Grove School in Ojai, California.
Since our projects involve young children we don't publize their details on this web site. However, our projects have been profiled by media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and links to the articles will soon be available here to read on this web site. Reports about our projects have also been published for members to see on the Roots & Shoots web site (requires a Roots & Shoots membership login).
Roots & Shoots is a service learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute with thousands of small and large youth groups all over the world.
Read more about KIRF Roots & Shoots on the Roots & Shoots web site.
Photos: Top (Homeless Children's Playtime Project, Washington, DC) by Mark Kirwin, Middle (Kids made homeless by Hurricane Katrina in Picayune, MS) by Timothy Burdick and Bottom photo is a from the Los Angeles Times, Ventura California Edition.