As one of the three tenets, service is the fundamental element of Circle K International. Collectively, through service, Circle K members make an impact on their campuses and communities. Without service, Circle K International would be just another campus activity. College students are making the world a better place one service project at a time by volunteering at various local institutions. Members can also discover their love for service by doing service projects. They can do service projects with other schools around the Magic Kingdom Division and beyond. Together, Circle K'ers truly make a difference in the community.
Each year, the Cal-Nev-Ha District of Circle K adopts and works toward a new District Service Initiative (DSI). Once proposed by the District Service Committee and approved by the CNH District Board, this new service initiative provides a focus for the service that we do. During the term, members from throughout the district collaborate to achieve and bring the goals of this new cause to life. In years past, our DSIs have ranged from Anti-Bullying, Leap Towards Literacy, Hope for the Homeless, and over the last term we had Serve to Conserve: Planet Conservation. Now, we are proud to announce the District Service Initiative for the 2017-2018 term: Be the Change - Personal Health.
Personal health involves the health of your physical, emotional, and mental well being. Everyday, there are thousands of people that are diagnosed with mental illness, resulting from poor treatment of their body. We want to spread awareness by educating and showing members how to self care and maintain a healthy well being. Personal health includes taking time to destress, eating proper meals, as well as getting good amounts of sleep. These small measures could result in a healthier lifestyle.
Poor personal health can contribute to stress, lack of sleep, and increased susceptibility to illness. Poor personal health leads to poor mental, physical and emotional health. For example, not being physically healthy can also lead to you not feeling mentally healthy. Mental illnesses includes depression, anxiety, eating disorders and many more. Physical illnesses include high or low blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, etc.
As members we should care because it is your own body and you only get one in your life. You need to take care of your own body to prevent illness or injury. Poor personal health affects and applies to everyone so you we all need to understand the consequences of poor personal health.
CNH Circle K holds a DLSSP event related to its District Service Initiative to help the community in many ways. In 2017, members will serve to conserve by removing weeds and restoring ecological areas so that those areas can once again become green.
Divisional Service Projects are projects where Magic Kingdom Circle K members work closely with other organizations in order to help our community. Such projects promote networking throughout the division in order to achieve a higher goal of helping our local community. Divisional Service Projects include marathons, special olympics, helping homeless shelters, OC Food Bank, and other volunteer events.
Civic Center (Santa Ana) | Club Event
Tabitha's Blessings is devoted to providing food, hygiene products, and other supportive services to the homeless and those who live at or below the poverty level. Volunteers hand out food to homeless individuals in the city of Santa Ana.
"Tabitha's Blessings makes a person crave for more service. It's such a warm feeling to share smiles with those in need. That's how I know it made an impact. Tabitha's is one of the many service events that make you want to come back after graduating." -Tony Keo
UCI | Club Event
Spring Into Service is UCI Circle K's special week to jumpstart service for the first week of a new term! Members and non-members learn about the service events and projects the club has to offer, such as Tabitha's Blessings, on-campus cleanup, and the Environmental Nature Center. Members can also learn more about the new board and the events they plan to offer. Other activities include tabling and fundraisers.
Hemopet Canine Blood Bank (Garden Grove) | Club Event
Hemopet is a full-service facility consisting of an animal blood bank, greyhound rescue and adoption, and specialty veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Volunteers help walk and play with the greyhounds to keep them happy, healthy, and ready for adoption.
"I enjoyed this event because animals are an enormous part of my life. Although the greyhounds can't literally tell us 'Hey, thanks for walking me today', you can tell that they really feel loved by the way they wag their tails and get excited when they see us. Those moments are what make waking up at 8AM worth it." -Luci Villasenor
"I like dogs. I'm glad to have come out for Hemopet because I had a lot of fun. It also felt good to do service alongside great individuals." -Raymond Ta
Pomona Elementary (Costa Mesa) | Club Event
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Volunteers read with girls in grades 1 through 3 in small groups to allow them to practice their English skills.
"I think the most rewarding thing about this service project is seeing how much the girls improve and grow in their reading and writing skills. When I started, one of the girls I tutored read picture books and now she's reading big chapter books. It makes me proud seeing how much they develop in a short amount of time!" -Winnie Lam
SOY Center (Costa Mesa) | Club Event
Save Our Youth (SOY) empowers the youth of Newport Mesa to make positive decisions in life through a variety of programs including academic, dance, art, music, health, fitness, and student empowerment. Volunteers help tutor children and teenagers by talking to them, helping them on homework, and make sure that they stay focused on their academics.
"As a first generation, low-income student, I love tutoring at SOY because I get to help out those students who were once in my position. Whether it is tutoring them in a subject they’re struggling in or just talking to the students, you can create a great impact that can change the rest of their lives." -Jessica Camacho
Orange County | Club Event
The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to nurture the creative mindset of our children in the headwinds of the busy lifestyles of working parents, the consuming technology culture of our youth, and standardized testing for purposes of enhancing problem solving, critical thinking, divergent thinking, and ability to innovate. Volunteers help lead the workshops and interact with kids to provide them with a fun and educational learning experience.
"Child Creativity Lab is one of my favorite service events. Seeing the children's excitement and enthusiasm as they worked together to create art is really touching and I'm glad that I was able to help foster creativity in young children." -Jenny Li