Even though Circle K International has only been at Jacksonville State University for three years, it is already making a big impact on the Jacksonville community and others surrounding it.
Circle K International (CKI) is an international organization with members from all around the world joining together in order to serve, develop leadership abilities, and to join together in fellowship. The organization collectively performs over one million community service hours on college campuses and their surrounding communities every yearby over 550 clubs. That is equivalent to roughly 42,000 days.
CKI clubs are sponsored by a Kiwanis club. JSU’s CKI is sponsored by the Anniston Kiwanis Club.
“I feel very strongly that our college community needs a place to come together where service is at the heart of everything we do. And that’s what CKI really is about. Live to serve, love to serve. The feeling of helping someone who is truly in need is an amazing experience unlike anything else,” said Larissa Kellum, who is the president of the JSU chapter of CKI.
The organization provides opportunities for the experience of helping others by having many projects that it takes on every year. They vary from Eliminate, which is a fundraiser in order to obtain the funds in order to purchase vaccines that prevent pre-natal tetanus, to Give Back Community, which is a program where CKI and Kiwanis come together to help provide food items to the homeless and the needy year round.
The club tries to take on many service projects throughout the year in order to give college students the opportunity to give back to their community. They have several ongoing projects, and others that are coming up in the spring that might strike an interest with those in interested in joining the organization.
One of the service projects currently going on for the organization is Crayons for Kids. Circle K raises money and donates new crayons, new coloring books, and other items to children who are at Children’s Hospital. The organization with the largest donation will have the opportunity to go to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and donate the items, volunteer at the hospital, and have their organization’s name painted on a wagon for the hospital.
The drop-off times are November 1st, 2nd, and 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Thereon Montgomery Building.
Kellum said that she could talk for hours about how CKI has affected her life. “It has made me a better person, a better leader, and also brought some amazing people in my life I may have never met without this club.”
CKI is a great opportunity for students at JSU who want to get involved.