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Service Spotlight: Stony Brook Circle K

This Service Spotlight Sunday highlights the volunteer efforts of Stony Brook Circle K at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Below, Winnie Qi explains the purpose of ReStore, and what they did to help the cause:

       “When you left your house today, you most likely had the peace of mind knowing that your house and everything inside will still be here to welcome you back when you return. Most people don’t realize that this sense of security is priceless. Instability affects a vast majority of Americans, and even more so now with hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters looming down at us. Without a stable home, many things that define the American quality of life become expendables. These people, faced with desperation, let go of education, food, and even healthcare. None of these things should ever be inaccessible to anyone, and no one should ever have to choose between them.

       This is where ReStores come in. A branch of Habitat of Humanity, Restores take in furniture donations. They may be refurbished or just extra stock from furniture stores, but having a place to donate them keeps them from going to landfills and sends them to homes in need. Furniture is resold at extremely affordable prices. Profits goes towards building homes and helping families regain independence. Over the summer, we volunteered our time at a local ReStore. We helped build two beds. This was a very small part of a large cause, but volunteering our time helped create two pieces of furniture that will build another home. Our efforts, as well as those of many others, will go a long way to rebuilding someone’s sense of security and confidence. The home is the foundation for growth. The home is a place to return to and a place to make happy memories. It is the physical form of the emotions and memories of the people residing inside. Our efforts will help build another home, one piece of furniture at time. If you have the time, please be sure to contact your local ReStore! It’s fun and a great way to get involved in a cause that can reach millions of people.”  

– Winnie Qi, Stony Brook Circle K Service Committee Chair

Below are some featured photos from the event: 

Great work, Stony Brook Circle K!

Service Spotlight: Russell Sage College Circle K

This Service Sunday recognizes the efforts of Mariama Suso of Russell Sage College Circle K. Below, Mariama details her experience and how she is giving back to the community:

“I volunteered at Hustas Drammeh’s Masjid in Bronx. NY to help kids learn to read and write in a different language.  The language I taught them was Arabic so that they would be able to read the Quran and the Hadith.  This would help them in their prayers.  First I had to teach them the four different alphabets which are in the Arabic language and helped put together some letters so that they would be able to say words.  Then, they learned how to form sentences and proceeded to read the Quran.  Of course, I helped them read and understand what said words meant in the English language.  It was exactly the same as a child learning how to read in the English language.  Also, during the last hour of the day, I would tell the children stories that held life lessons or had no meaning at all but still entertained the kids.  I realized the kids enjoyed the stories that didn’t have a hidden meaning more than those that did.  

Another thing I did at the masjid was help the homeless.  There were two ways to go about it.  One way was to donate money and the other way was to cook and let the homeless come into the masjid to eat.  Majority of the time, people chose to cook and feed the homeless.  It was nice to sit those in need and listen to their stories.  Some of them were veterans who had nothing to come back to.  Others were curious that a Muslim was willing to help them due to what they usually hear about them. All in all, teaching the kids and helping the homeless gave me a new drive to continue being a Psych major, and I love it.”

-Mariama Suso, Russell Sage College Circle K Vice President

Keep up the great work, Mariama!

Be sure to send us your own service initiatives or let us know of someone who you feel should be recognized, and they may be featured right here on NYCKI’s front page!

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Join Us for the 7th Annual Kiwanis Family Picnic!

Are you in Circle K? Key Club? Kiwanis? Or any of the other Kiwanis Family branches? If so, join us on September 2nd, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM for fun filled day in the park at our 7th Annual Kiwanis Family Picnic. Meet other K-Family members from across the New York District, make new friends, participate in activities, and build fellowships.

Cost of Attendance: $5 for SLP members (Circle K, Key Club, Builder’s Club, K-Kids) & $10 Kiwanians & adults. Please pay at the registration table upon arrival. Proceeds from the picnic will go to a charitable cause. 
Directions: The picnic will ambien take place at The Tennis House South Lawn in Prospect Park. The best way to get there is to take 7th Ave on the F/G line in Brooklyn. Then, enter at 9th Street off Prospect Park West, walk straight in, and cross West Drive. The Tennis House South Lawn will be on your left, in front of the Tennis House.

Don’t forget to invite your friends and other K-Family members.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Alumni & Kiwanis Family Relations Chair, Michelle Feng, at We hope to see you all there!