Giving back to your community!

Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Not a huge difference, but a small difference, something to feel proud of and have some good times from. There are a couple of ways around campus if you are a student. You could join Circle K International, a community service club on campus. Talking to a member of the club she described it as “a club that focuses on service, leadership and fellowship around the community for students on campus.” They are a part of  and supported by Kiwanis International, a global volunteer organization known for doing many local community service projects.

The CKI team decorates a tree that they later donate to a family in need.
The CKI team decorates a tree that they later donate to a family in need.

Some of the projects that they have done are, road clean ups for roads with their name on it, playing Bingo and other fun activities at local retirement homes, as well as serving dinner at the Senior Monmouth Center, Decorating a tree in the Werner University Center then donating it to a family in need, adopted the family of a child who had cancer and gave them gifts for the holidays and made them tye dye shirts (really cool). Big projects coming up include doing relay for life in the spring and in February partnering with the Multicultural Student Union to have a PB&J Day and bring them to UGM in Salem.

If you are interested in joining the club or finding out a little bit more, there is a couple things you could do, one would be emailing the club at woucki@wou.edu or stopping by one of their meetings, Winter term they will be meeting in the Hamersly Library at 7pm on Thursdays in Room 205.

From what I hear Circle K International club on campus does big things on campus and the community and if you want to make a small difference or you just want to get active in a productive way, go find out more. Looking into it more, makes me want to get more involved and do more than what I’ve been doing so far.

The CKI teaming up to clean up a highway.
The CKI teaming up to clean up a highway.

There are plenty of things around campus you can do to help out. You can also volunteer at the WOU Teaching Research and Child Development Center (preschool), they are always looking for more volunteers. This way you can help impact a possible future WOU student’s life. I volunteered there a lot my freshman year. It is a big commitment though. When you ask the coordinator to help out they want you to be there all term. Personally, It is an amazing feeling helping young children understand manners and sharing. Volunteering there has helped me grow as a person. It also gave me a sense of responsibility and the ability to speak on the same level as little people (children). Some of the things I have learned there will probably help me be a better parent some day and that’s great. You also encounter children of all different cultures and backgrounds and that’s interesting to me. If you are interested or want to find out more, just stop by Todd Hall and ask for Ingrid Amerson or email her at amersoi@wou.edu.

Teaching Research and Child Development Center
Teaching Research and Child Development Center

If no activities like these interest you interest you, I encourage you to come up with your own and spread the word. This campus is filled with students who are willing to help with anything positive.

By Kevin Gutierrez

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