by Kylee Lyons, General Member
Today I got to attend one of the almost weekly fundraisers hosted by UCLA’s Circle K small scale fundraising chair – Ojo Ventura! Today we were selling 85 degrees and trying to raise money for the Trevor Project – an organization that helps save young LGTBQ lives. This is a great organization that we raise funds for and all the fundraisers are really fun!
Typically there’s a group of us out on BruinWalk, joining in with all the other clubs trying to sell their products. The goal is to be the loudest group and attract the most attention, and thus get the most support. We usually do this by yelling and playing music and telling everyone to “Get this bread” and “Relieve stress from midterms” and “Eat your feelings out”! It’s a really fun way and we gain support and recognition for both Circle K and the Trevor Project!
Next time you hear people screaming their hearts out on Bruinwalk, take a closer look and by all means, go buy some bread!
by Kylee Lyons, General Member
Sweet. No, sour. No... tangy? Hmmm, I know that smell. Why can’t I place it? I walk a little closer, letting my nose lead the way... ORANGE CHICKEN! I knew I recognized that smell. It’s orange chicken and it’s drafting my way from Panda Express. I look up and I see a group of smiling friendly faces. They’re waving me over... wait, I know them! It’s my friends from Circle K, that great volunteer organization that I’m in. They always seem to have such fun events. I go over to them and ask “What’s up? Why are you all hanging out at Panda Express?” And they tell me that they are having a fundraiser there! All I have to do is purchase some food from Panda and some of the profits will go straight to the club – more specifically, to this group known as The Trevor Project. They told me that The Trevor Project is a group that helps LGBTQ students in need. How could I resist that? Plus, I was pretty hungry...
So I get in line for some Panda Express with some other friends and purchase a nice, delicious plate and don’t feel guilty at all for eating unhealthy food when it’s for a good cause! Plus, I got to sit down with my friends and chat and rant about my week and listen to others. It was a really good environment and I can’t believe something so simple (like buying dinner) was helping other people.
by Sam Chung, 2019-2020 Spirit and Recognition Chair
What is a better way to spend a cloudy Sunday than doing some service indoors? On January 26th, I headed out with a couple other members of my club to one. We were introduced to the organization holding the event, One Incredible Family, who told us they held many service events throughout the year, and that this Valentine’s event was something they did every year in which they tried to make as many cards as they could, always trying to make more each year. This year, they told us they wanted over 200 cards. We were told the cards would be for underserved communities including veterans, kids, and the poor. They gave us many different craft materials, including construction paper, doilies, assorted stickers, and drawing tools. So our group took what we needed and sat down at a table and got to work. We had lots of fun coming up with various ideas to use in making our cards. For example, I used some cute food puns. Overall, it was an enjoyable event, and at the end we were satisfied with our work and hoped whoever received our cards would be even just a little bit happier with them.
by Tabitha Anctil, General Member
On Saturday, January 25th my club and I attended the Ace of Hearts dog adoption event in LA. Obviously, many of us were attracted to the idea of helping at an event centered around fluffy friends—who wouldn’t want to play with dogs all afternoon? The event was definitely more than just petting animals, but it was still overall a wonderful and rewarding experience. We brought down supplies and prepped for the event, some of us kept dogs company by their kennels once they arrived, and some of us, including myself, held colorful signs by the street and collected donations from Angelinos’ car windows. It was so heartening to see how many people were willing to donate their spare change to helping save rescue animals from high kill shelters. Helping provide the human power necessary to keep the event running smoothly, being able to smile and thank someone for contributing to the cause, and connecting with volunteers from other organizations besides CKI made for a great day of service.
by Melisa Sales, General Member
On January 19, UCLA Circle K members woke up extra early excited to volunteer in the 2020 Rose Bowl Rush Kids Run. We arrived with more than enough time to register and mingle with other volunteers from other organizations. The amazing staff gave us all our volunteer t-shirts and a delicious breakfast to get fuelled before we met the kids that would participate in the race. We were split up into partners and posted at different lengths between the start and finish line so we could constantly cheer the kids on. Finally, the time came and all the kids lined up by age groups. They stretched and danced and although the parents were more excited than the kids they were anxious to just get moving forward already. The 8 to 6 years old went first then the 5 to 4 years old and finally the 3 years old and under. Most sprinted off towards the finish line crossing all of 1/4th of a mile and others threw tantrums for their parents to carry them to the finish line. The kids got their medals and took many pictures with their proud families. Next year I’m definitely considering taking my 4-year-old brother and putting him in the kid’s marathon to help him build some athletic spirit.