We “exchange” our time and talent through programs of service based on four pillars.
Child Abuse Prevention
While National Exchange has a variety of child abuse awareness programs, our most successful method of countering child abuse is by working directly with parents through our flagship program, the Parent Aide home visitation model. National Exchange coordinates a nationwide network of over 100 community-based Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers that utilize the Parent Aide program and provide support to families at-risk for abuse. To date, our Exchange Club Centers have helped more than 619,763 families break the cycle of violence, thus creating safe and stable homes for 1.5 million children. The New Canaan Exchange Club’s affiliated center is located in Stamford with clients from the surrounding communities including New Canaan.
The history of Exchange’s community service projects is quite impressive. Since the first group of Exchangites convened in 1911 in Detroit, Michigan, Exchange has been dedicated to serving its communities through various projects. Throughout the years, Exchange Clubs have been responsible for community improvements of all types such as: cleaning up highways; sponsoring cultural programs, air, art and industrial shows, state and county fairs, festivals, rodeos and athletic events. These clubs have also provided millions of dollars for scholarships, gifts, equipment, sponsorships, educational endeavors and other causes.
America’s young people are its most precious resource. This is why, for many years, Exchange has sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation’s youth. Many of these richly rewarding programs are among the most popular and well-supported of all Exchange Club endeavors. Two national scholarships are competitively awarded each year:
• ACE (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award to a student who has overcome adversity to graduate high school and move their lives in a positive direction. These students are often overlooked for their accomplishments, and can serve as a powerful example to all students that hard work and perseverance pay off.
• Youth of the Year, is for the high achieving student who has demonstrated leadership, high scholastic achievement, and community service. This program rewards outstanding youth people, and provides an incentive for other youngsters to strive for equally high levels of achievement.
Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange’s Americanism programs. The tumultuous struggles of world powers have done little to guarantee a peaceful future for the majority of the world’s people. However, there’s one country in modern times that people flock to for safety, freedom and opportunity — the United States of America. It is hard for Americans to imagine the horrors of modern struggles over religious and ethnic differences, the very differences we embrace.
Our Covenant of Service
(pledged by all members of the Exchange Club)
(Adopted as the philosophy which characterizes an Exchangite)
Accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life’s noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exchangites:
To consecrate my best energies to the uplifting of Social, Religious, Political and Business ideals;
To discharge the debt I owe to those of high and low estate who have served and sacrificed that the heritage of American citizenship might be mine;
To honor and respect law, to serve my fellow men, and to uphold the ideals and institutions of my Country:
To implant the life-giving, society-building spirit of Service and Comradeship in my social and business relationships;
To serve in Unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings, and greater opportunities for all.