College students from throughout the United States worked to alleviate poverty, pollution and food insecurity during an annual day of service on Thursday, June 27.
Members of Circle K International, the college students volunteered with United Against Poverty, Clean the World, Mustard Seed, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and the city of Orlando to leave a lasting impact on their host convention city. The CKI convention is underway at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
“College is stressful, and it can be hard to find time to volunteer, but ultimately volunteerism is so rewarding that students make time for it,” said Tana Early, a member of the Alabama District of Circle K International. “Circle K members go out of their way to make someone else’s life just a little better because it counteracts the wear and tear of everyday life and makes a difference. With the day of service, the most rewarding thing is knowing more than 300 students are coming together to make those differences. No matter the project, we know that we are helping the community in ways it truly needs. I know because of my experiences in Circle K, that service will forever be woven into my soul.”
Every year Circle K students volunteer in their host convention city, seeking nonprofits that align with their interests. In past years students volunteered with food banks and homeless shelters in Chicago, Toronto, and San Antonio. Students look to organizations where their work can have a lasting impact on the community.
“When volunteers take action, the impact ripples out across the community,” said Dave Krepcho, president and CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “The efforts of Circle K International student volunteers will be felt across Central Florida in the days ahead as the food they sort is distributed to those who need it the most.”
Circle K volunteers sorted enough donated food to provide 12,699 meals for kids, families and seniors in need in Central Florida.