Can you imagine what it is like to live in a third world country, struggling daily for just food and water? Circle K asked the Mines campus Tuesday to make a small sacrifice to feel compassion for the hungry. For Global Fast, students fast for lunch and donate what they would have spent on the meal.
“Giving money is one thing,” said member Kacie Wolverton, “but with Global Fast you really feel for the people you are helping.” The funds collected from the event are going towards building water treatment facilities in developing countries.
Although a small club on campus, they expand their membership every year. The club is dedicated to community service. “We volunteer weekly at the Salvation Army in Denver,” said Madeline Hatlen, Circle K member, “They have a shelter for women and we go in the evening to play games with the kids.”
Circle K International is the college section of Kiwanis Club. The Mines club partners with the Golden chapter of Kiwanis Club. Students will volunteer for projects with Kiwanis and Kiwanis usually adds their own donation when Circle K holds a fund raiser.
On April 19, Circle K is working with other groups to hold a Junior Achievement Day at Federal Heights Elementary School. Volunteers work in shifts throughout the day, holding sessions where students learn about careers and connect with the college students. This gives kids interaction with a role model, to show them the benefits of a college education.
A few members of Mines Circle K attended the Rocky Mountain District Convention held in February. They had sessions about how to be a better member and also about possible projects for the organization. Around Colorado, there are also Circle K groups at CSU and Adams State.
Besides the service projects and leadership opportunities, Circle K has other perks. “The club is also great because we get pizza from Mannie and Bo’s every other Sunday night after the meeting. It’s bomb diggity,” said Hatlen.