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Service

RPI Iron Chef

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Members from RPI at their May 6th Iron Chef Event.RPI CHef2

RPI’s Iron Chef is a competition featuring dishes made by various teams of RPI students. Each team has to prepare an entree and dessert based around a special ingredient that the Circle K club chooses. These dishes are then judged by attendees of the event, based on Best Entree, Best Dessert, Most Creative Use of a Secret Ingredient, and Best Overall. The proceeds from ticket sales and entrance fees then go towards a local charity; this year it was Mohawk Humane Society.

Interested in planning a similar event? Get in touch with this club to see how they did it! zhangl30@rpi.edu

Assisting the Salvation Army in Toronto – CKIx2016

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Members from all over the world, volunteering with District Treasurer Edgar Hu in Toronto.

One of the unique parts of Circle K International Convention is that you get to perform large scale service projects with Circle Kers from all around the States and Canada. However, you will see that how we serve our communities – and the passion to make the world a better place – is no different anywhere else. My LSSP team, the White Rabbit Path, had been assigned to help the Salvation Army.

For those of you who don’t know what Salvation Army is, it is a Christian charitable organization found in 127 countries. They seek to help the poor and hungry and one of the ways they do that is to provide shelter. But they don’t just stop at basic needs. The shelter provides each person counseling to get them back in their feet so they could get earn a job and affordable housing on their own. Meanwhile, the shelter seeks to create a community where they can socialize and be positive about their future through arts and craft socials.

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Although our service project was only two hours or so, I believe we made an impact for the people in the shelter with the small things we did. The worker who would straighten beds for hours can focus on other work the shelter needed to do or rest. If someone needed a nice dress shirt and pants for a job interview, they can find one easily this time.

Interested in planning a similar event? Get in touch with this poster to see how they did it!
edgar.hu@nycirclek.org

Service In The Summer

Summer_TwitterDon’t know what to do with yourself now that finals are FINALLY over? Want to get a head start on awesome service projects for the following school year? Doing service over the summer is a great way to make connections with other service organizations and to get familiar with your hometown community service opportunities.

If you’re finding it difficult to find ways to serve your community solo, connecting with local area Circle K and Kiwanis clubs to help with their events would be a fantastic alternative. To find out which New York colleges have Circle K clubs, check out nycirclek.org/clubs for a full list. Use this Kiwanis Club Locator and Key Club Map to connect with other K-Family clubs. Be sure to tell your club secretary any service projects/hours you perform during the summer.

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Sandwiches for the Homeless

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Members from Hunter College and other schools making sandwiches at the Regional Training Conference.

Living in New York City it is difficult to ignore the presence of the homeless, especially when one can encounter them on a daily basis. Seeing as it is one of the biggest issues, my officers and I wanted to find a way to help them out and give them one less thing to worry about, obtaining their next meal. We decided that the best way we could do so was to make sandwiches for them to eat.

Since we were nearing the end of the semester and still had funds in our budget left to carry out our project, our lieutenant governor, Sara Louie, suggested that we do it at Regional Training Conference on June 11th. Thanks to the help of around 20 Circle K International members, our recently re-chartered Hunter College Circle K International was able to make a total of 185 peanut butter and jelly, and Nutella sandwiches which were donated to the New York Common Pantry on East 109th Street during our service project Sandwiches for the Homeless.

Upon receiving our donations, they said that they had distributed all of their donations and were thankful for our perfectly timed donation. After packing the sandwiches and grouping together with my e-board, we deemed the project a success. We were happy to have had a wonderful group of people who find joy in giving back to our communities jamming to music and bonding while spreading peanut butter, jelly or Nutella on bread slices. It was a wonderful way to spend our Saturday and we can’t wait to join forces again and accomplish online pharmacy no prescription more service projects.

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Interested in planning a similar event? Get in touch with this club to see how they did it! stephanie.illescas11@myhunter.cuny.edu