The Waterloo Optimist Club is committed to meeting the needs of young people in Waterloo, Illinois and the surrounding area. Since 1954, the Waterloo Optimist Club has been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” by conducting positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With a current membership of over 85 enthusiastic individuals, the Waterloo Optimist Club Optimist Club promotes an active interest in good government and civic affairs, inspires respect for the law, and encourages the development of youth.

The Waterloo Optimist Club holds club meetings twice a month at JV's Downtown Bar & Grill in Waterloo, IL. We host and help with various local events (i.e. Christmas Tree Lot, 5K Race, Bull Ride, Monroe County Fair, Waterloo Homecoming, Tractor Pull, Car Show, etc).

We are truly a dedicated group of people who devote their time and energy to helping local youth.