Hello, PNW Key Clubbers,
Happy summer! I hope you’ve had a chance to take a break and enjoy the warm weather. Now that school is over, it’s time to pause and reflect on the past year. I encourage you to think about the work you did, the goals you accomplished, the people you helped, and the lives you touched throughout the school year. By coming together in-person throughout this past year, we’ve all been reminded of the power that each and every one of us has in changing the world. One act of service may touch someone’s life more than we’ll ever know, so be proud of your work this year!
While you reflect on this past school year, it’s important to consider what you would do differently or change. You can use this upcoming year, and this summer, to do just that. Whether it is participating in more impactful service projects, diversifying the service you do, or working with new organizations, there are ways that all of us can improve the quality of our service. Lots of volunteer organizations and nonprofits are looking for volunteers during the summer, so please make an effort to reach out and help them! One great option to consider is a local food bank, which will also help support our District Project: Help End Hunger. You can find some near you with our Food Bank Tracker further down in the District Project section of this Biweekly Update. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor opportunities from gardening to packaging food with food banks, so choose what works best for you!
Another great goal to consider is how to further create an inclusive environment in your service. In service, we often get the opportunity to help people with different stories, situations, and backgrounds than us. That diversity and difference makes it especially critical to be open-minded and listen to those you are helping and those who truly understand the issues at hand (nonprofits, community workers, etc.). When you listen to those with lived experiences, you are able to better maximize your time and make a greater impact on your community. There exist a variety of issues we care about, ranging from human rights to food insecurity, so focus on uplifting the voices that need to be heard.
Finally, I want to say happy Pride Month! As we celebrate people in the LGBTQIA+ community this month, remember to consider how we can show support all year round in the fight for equality. In Key Club, we welcome and support all people, and appreciate the contributions that LGBTQIA+ individuals continue to make in providing service to others. Our organization would not be where it is today without them. There are plenty of ways to show your support back, such as raising funds for the Trevor Project, which I’ve linked below. They provide a crisis line for youth to talk about situations and struggles they’re facing, such as coming out, or mental health issues like depression. If you are facing any of the issues mentioned above, know that you deserve to be supported as your authentic self. Remember that there are resources, such as the Trevor Project, out there to help you. We can all spread feelings of positivity and inclusivity by continuing to perform meaningful acts of service.
Outside of summer service opportunities, please stay connected with our District. We will have a lot of new information for you in the coming months, such as webinar announcements or more Key Club Days information. There are already exciting opportunities for you like our DCON Logo Design Contest, District Project Goal announcement, and an OTC Feedback Form, all of which you can find later in this Biweekly.
If you ever have any questions, ideas, concerns, or spotlight requests, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Summer is a great time to get in touch, and I would truly love to support you in any way possible.