Key Club Adviser Marsha Kouf said when she polls her students they respond by saying they enjoy the “feel-good, warm, fuzzy” feeling of helping someone in need, to wanting to be part of something bigger to repaying the kindness shown to them previously in life. She has served as adviser for 14 years.
Key Club member Carissa Boudreau got involved because she gets to meet inspiring people — both Key Club members and others who need assistance.
“I love to volunteer because I am a people person,” Boudreau said. “I love to learn new ways to help. Key Club is a way to feel like I can help the community in so many different ways. I have become really close with children at babysitting, young parents at the diaper bank, teens my age at district convention and tons of other individuals.
“I have also made great progress on getting hours for a college or for my future. I truly feel like all the opportunities I have had will lead me somewhere great. And I am also thrilled that I can tell people Key Club is not about making keys,” she said.
Member Breezy Hendrickson tried Key Club because she knew it was devoted to community service.
“At the time, I had no idea how much the club would impact my life and how it would change me as a person. You couldn’t pay me to quit Key Club even on hard, bad days because there is not another single high school organization that would fill the gap that Key Club occupies,” she said.
Former club member Amanda Ferster got involved because she wanted to give back to the community “and in the process it changed my outlook on life forever. Volunteer work for some is just a resume builder, but for me that is the last thing on my mind. It creates a sense of pride and accomplishment. It allows you to realize just how much you actually have to be grateful for. A good quote that I think does a very good job at explaining why I volunteer is ‘you have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.’ That is the best feeling in the world.”