In the past year, Harnett Central High School did an amazing and creative service project for a local animal shelter. The club helped by making dog toys for the shelter. The process is very simple. The club asked their members to donate old T-shirts for them to cut up. You then, cut off the sleeves and then cut six, one-inch strips up near the collar. Then, you make a knot at the top where the collar is and then cut the collar off as well. With the strips, you braid it to the end and then knot them. As the club says, this project is very simple and helps out the local animal shelter. Your club can do something like this to help the local animal shelter or some other type of gift for other organizations in your community! I hope this inspires a project in your club!
Spotlight on Service Blog
In the spirit of Halloween, our Spotlight on Service this week will be on a Halloween-themed service project!
From North Brunswick High School, Key Clubbers wanted to honor a well loved teacher who had passed away suddenly. However, in order to create a memorial for the teacher, a large amount of money would have to be raised. As it occurred around Halloween, the club brainstormed several ideas and decided to create an event called the “Haunted Hospital”. The Haunted Hospital was held on the night of Halloween and helped give medical care to those in the local community for 2 dollars.
After the fundraiser was completed, the Key Club had raised enough money to create the memorial for the late teacher. In addition, the extra money raised was put towards cleaning up the school.
This Key Club's innovative and holiday-themed fundraiser was extremely successful in raising money and helping their school and community.
What can your club do for our next holidays? Help out at a shelter on Thanksgiving? Fundraise for Christmas for Children this December! Or do you have your own service project to submit? Submit on the form on the Spotlight on Service page! We hope to see your submission chosen next!
How can you help your local community grow and succeed? Spend a day at your local food bank much like these Key Clubbers from Charlotte!
Key Clubbers from South Charlotte Homeschool spent a day at the Second Harvest Food Bank and made a huge difference. What is the Second Harvest Food Bank? The Second Harvest is a non-profit organization that aims to find, fix, package and distribute various goods and materials for those in need. These items can range anywhere from paper towels, candles, bottled water to batteries. As a non-profit organization, they depend on the contributions and donations of charitable benefactors and volunteers to help them achieve their goal. Who fits this role better than Key Clubbers?
These Key Clubbers were in charge of package inspections; their job being to search through the organized boxes of donations and make sure everything was properly categorized and that nothing was damaged. If an item was damaged, they would mend, tape, fix, or replace as needed. Second Harvest has become an annual service project for the South Charlotte Homeschool Key Club, and the organization is one of their favorites to work with.
Almost every city or community has a food bank and every Key Club has the ability to go out and help organizations like the Second Harvest Food Bank thrive and donate to the less fortunate. Contact your local food banks or similar organizations to truly make an impact on your community and being able to feel the difference you made in someone's life.
McDowell Early College, in Marion, North Carolina, hosted an amazing and successful fundraiser at their school's Key Club. Cleverly titled the Dip Bowl, the club's project allowed both students and staff to show off their salsa making skills! Those who attended paid a small fee to sample the different dips at the Dip Bowl! The club raised over $100 which they used to help their club and donated to March of Dimes, one of Key Club's preferred charities! This awesome idea can be incorporated into any Key Club's projects! Consider this for your next project!
Don't forget to submit your club's project idea for inclusion on the Carolinas District Website!
What is Spotlight on Service?
Spotlight on Service is a way to highlight individual club projects in the Carolinas. There will be posts on the website every month with a photo and a description of an outstanding Key Club service project. If you're searching for inspirational ideas to implement in your club or recognition for fantastic club members, Spotlight on Service is a great place to look.
So how do I submit a Spotlight on Service entry?
Any club advisor, officer, or member can submit a potential Spotlight on Service post to be considered for the website feature. To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following: at least one quality photo and a detailed paragraph explaining the project or event. The email also needs to include the school's name and any important information you would like to have posted, such as the names of the Key Club members in the submitted photo(s).