Community Service

The Independent Karate School believes that it is essential for martial artists to play a positive role in their local communities and the wider world. We are proud of the many current and former IKS students who have embraced this point of view, and who strive to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our school participates in a number of community service activities:

The High Hopes Foundation

Since 1983, the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire has provided life changing experiences for children in the Granite State. Living with chronic or serious illnesses, these children experience everything from trips to Disney to computer systems to shopping sprees. Through these experiences, dreams become reality for these children and the memories for them and their families will last a lifetime. For many years, the IKS participated in their annual Hot Air Balloon festival, and these days, we continue to take part in demonstrations and fundraising events that benefit both of our organizations.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The stated mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families. They do this in a variety of ways, including their annual Light the Night campaign. This campaign consists of nighttime walks, wherein fundraising participants carry lit balloons in support of those who suffer from these afflictions. Since 2005, the IKS has represented the largest volunteer component for their Nashua walk. Consistently, the LLS staff has remarked that they could not run this event without our support, and we continue to offer it as each year passes by.

The Humane Society for Greater Nashua

One of the oldest charity organizations in the city of Nashua, the Humane Society for Greater Nashua has been finding homes and providing care for abandoned, abused and neglected animals for over 110 years. The shelter is the second busiest in the state and cares for nearly 2,500 pets every year! It takes a great deal of money every day to keep the shelter operating and care for all of these pets, and as such, every little bit helps. So when it comes time for fundraising events like Walktoberfest, the IKS is there providing volunteer support to close out the event, and store their material back at the shelter. As rewarding as it is to help this great cause, it's also an added bonus anytime we get to visit with the animals once we are done!

Bishop Guertin High School

Bishop Guertin has educated high school students from the southern NH area for 50 years, including many past and present members of the IKS. They have helped us a great deal when staging events like our annual tournament. We also participate in their annual Green and Gold awards for academic excellence, by sponsoring and presenting an award to one of their students. This award honors a combination of scholarship, community service and character, which are qualities the IKS encourages in its own students.

Nashua Rotary West

The Rotarians motto is Service before Self, and numerous events staged by the Nashua Rotary West chapter each year emphasize just that by raising money for local charities, including our Scholarship Foundation. Each June, we participate in their largest event: The Rock'N Ribfest Barbeque competition and handle the trash detail for the entire weekend. It is very tough work, but IKS students are trained to be tough, and to have humility knowing that no job is beneath them to lend a helping hand for.

City of Nashua

Every summer, the SummerFun program, operated by the Parks and Recreation department, this annual series of events offers free entertainment for families in the Nashua area. The IKS has participated for many years, giving demonstrations of the true benefits of education in the martial arts.

Shriners International

An appellant body of the Freemasons, this organization is built around the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. They are well known through their administration of Shriner's hospitals for childhood burn victims. One of their fundraising activities involves collecting pull tabs from soda cans so that the aluminum can be melted down and exchanged for funds, or even made into wheelchairs. The IKS has two large collection bins at the Nashua school, so make sure to save your tabs and stop by soon so you can drop them off!