What We Do

Ongoing Projects

Optimist Youth House

Aging-out happens when a child in foster care turns 18. Theses kids are deemed adults and are no longer provided help under Child Protection Act. Learn more about what we're doing to help here.


The Coats for Kids™ program is available to all the youth in our community. The program’s goal is to provide a new winter coat to every child that needs one. School employees and various outreach programs request coats on behalf of needy kids. Last year, The Twin Falls Optimist Club donated over 1,000 new coats to local kids.

Youth Essay Contest

The Optimist Essay Contest is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills. Our Club winners receive $150, $125 and $100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The winning essay will go on to compete in the District Contest for a $2,500 scholarship awarded by Optimist International each year. The topic for the 2018 year is “Can Society Function Without Respect?”

2018 Winners

First Place: Mireye Soto, Second Place: Jeremy Case, Third Place: Hollie Maccabee

2017 Winners

First Place: Jeremy Case, Second Place: Kenydi Young, Third Place: Kaitlyn DeBie

Lost Wages

This year we celebrated our 42nd Lost Wages at Canyon Crest Event Center on March 2. This long running, casino-like event raises money to support our youth programs. Raffle tickets were $15 each or 2 for $25. The grand prizes were donated by Wilson Bates ($1,200 Shopping Spree), Therapedic Mattress Idaho ($2,000 Mattress), Jensen Jewelers ($2,000 Diamond) and the Rob Green Auto Group ($2,000 Package). Our generous sponsors were Plant Therapy, Idaho Power, and Scholes Dermatology.

Youth Support Services

Our Mission in community service is to enhance the well-being of our local children who have a variety of needs that may be going unmet due to family hardship. We have the funds to help provide these children with school supplies and basic necessities. If you know a child in need that we may help, please contact the guidance counselor at the school where the child is enrolled and they will pass along the request.

Youth Appreciation Luncheon

The Twin Falls Optimist Club wishes to recognize local youth for their efforts in the arts, community service work, academics and athletics. This program honors exceptional youth and highlights their positive contributions to our community. This year’s event will be held on April 12 at the StoneHouse at 11:45. School administrators will be asked to nominate students and invitations will go out in March. Our 2017 Youth Appreciation Luncheon was held at Canyon Crest on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

Our 2017 Youth Appreciation Luncheon was held at Canyon Crest on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (we need to be able to change this)

2017 Youth Appreciation Recipients

These students were chosen because they live their lives according to the Optimist Creed. The awards were presented by our mayor Shawn Barigar and the guest speaker was the Superintendent of the Twin Falls School District, Wiley Dobbs.

2016 You Appreciation Recipients

Childhood Cancer

The Childhood Cancer Campaign was established by Optimist International in 2001 with the mission of being the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer. The Twin Falls Optimist Club participates in various activities focused on building awareness of the disease, providing assistance for children and their families, and supporting research to find a cure. We work directly with case workers at MISTI (St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute) to identify families that could use our assistance.

Easter Egg Hunt

The club has been co-sponsoring this event for the past 30+ years with the Twin Falls Parks & Recreation Department. This event is held on the Saturday before Easter at the Twin Falls City Park. This Easter Egg Hunt is the largest and longest running hunt in Twin Falls. Children are split into four age groups for their chance to win special eggs that can be redeemed for a one dollar gold coin.

Wings & Things

The Twin Falls Optimist Club sponsored the 7th Annual Wings & Things on Saturday, September 9th at the City Park from 4-7 PM. Wings & Things is an evening of food competition and school spirit demonstrations. The food competition categories are: Wings, BBQ, Chili, Dutch Oven and Anything Goes. The proceeds from this event were donated to the libraries and music departments at local schools.

Annual Wayne Kinney Memorial Turkey Shoot

This year will be the 33rd Annual Wayne “Red” Kinney Memorial Turkey Shoot. The event is held in November every year. Raffle Tickets will be available at Red’s Trading Post, through any Twin Falls Optimist Club member, or on-line.

DC Christmas Party

In December the club gets into the Christmas spirit by providing a full Christmas dinner for the Boys and Girls Club kids and their families.