SHARE Club has been busy this past week working on various projects as well as preparing for Senior Service Day. Two of the main events SHARE members participated in this weekend were the No-Kid-Hungry fundraiser and working for the Uplift Organization. No-Kid-Hungry works to end child hunger in KC and also America as a whole, while Uplift provides support to the homeless community of KC.
The No-Kid-Hungry fundraiser was held on Saturday morning from 7:30-10:30 near the Farmer’s Market in Brookside. Volunteers helped serve guests food, which was brought in from different restaurants around town.
Uplift is a project SHARE participates in monthly. This past Saturday evening volunteers loaded up in a truck and traveled to camps around downtown KC where groups of homeless people eagerly waited for supplies and conversation. The students handed out basic necessities like water, food, clothes and hygiene products.
Uplift is one of SHARE’s most hands-on projects, and it gives students a real view of poverty and homelessness in KC, according to SHARE coordinator Krissie Wiggins.
“[The people served by Uplift have] reached the end of their roads. Their families have turned their backs on them and they literally have nowhere to go so they live on the street,” Wiggins said. “They totally rely on their faith and the Uplift trucks to [survive].”
While SHARE has had volunteering opportunities almost every week this year, there is one very important event coming up on Wednesday; Senior Service Day. Senior Service Day is held every year for Seniors to get volunteer hours and directly help their community. So far 88% of the senior class has registered, and the application numbers are still rising, making this year one of the largest groups yet. There will be around 29 projects for the seniors to participate in across KC.
SHARE execs have been urging seniors to pick up their t-shirts and turn in their permission slips soon so they can participate.
“A lot of people at East volunteer regularly, but not 88% of the senior class,” senior SHARE exec Alyssa Vuillemin said. “So having that many people go out [to help] is big….even if it’s the one time they do it out of the whole year.”