High Schoolers Help Give Back

Martinsville HS Key Club cleans up for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

This article is courtesy of Reporter-Times

Written and Photographed By Lance Gideon | lgideon@reporter-times.com

MARTINSVILLE
It is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and the Martinsville High School Key Club is participating by volunteering their time at the WellSpring Center in Martinsville.

Key Club is the high school chapter of the Kiwanis International, which dedicates itself to volunteering and community service in local communities. WellSpring is the only local facility that houses families in emergency and transitional periods of homelessness. Included in the definition of family is couples, both parents and children, or single moms or dads with children. No family is broken up — they are housed together.

Bob Goodrum, Executive Director of WellSpring Center, is pleased that the students have decided to dedicate so much time to the shelter.

“A lot of the students are already coming over here for tutoring programs,” Goodrum said.

Two groups of students attended the community service project, each for about one and a half to two hours.

Josh Bain, who sponsors the Key Club at MHS and is a Kiwanis member, was also pleased with the work that his students put in at WellSpring.

“Our group (Kiwanis) is dedicated to helping the people and children of the world,” Bain said.

Key Club members are asked to give three hours each month to community service projects throughout the Martinsville area — projects like cleaning up WellSpring, as well as the tutoring they help lead.

While many students offered help to the center, some members of Kiwanis were there, too.

Jean Ambrose is a member of Kiwanis and also sits on the WellSpring board.

“WellSpring needs as much volunteer hours as they can find,” Ambrose said.

In fact, the center runs on grants, donations and volunteers.

Hannah Myers, President of the MHS Key Club, was also there to lend a helping hand.

“We’ve been helping with WellSprings for a while,” Myers said.

Like many of her fellow Key Club members, Myers also helps tutor many of the children at WellSpring. Helping others is something she has always enjoyed and she said she believes tutoring the children has really helped them now and in the future.

“Tutoring definitely offers a lot for the kids,” she said.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week is a nation campaign put on by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

The week is honored so that many people will think about those less fortunate than themselves and volunteer or donate to locations such as WellSpring.

“We would like to expose new individuals to helping the homeless,” Goodrum said.

Another way WellSpring plans to do this is to have Goodrum live in his car on the square in downtown Martinsville for 24 hours from 9 a.m. today until 9 a.m. Friday.

There will also be a citywide proclamation made at City Hall, 59 S. Jefferson St., at 3 p.m. today regarding National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The WellSpring Center is located at 301 W. Harrison St. and can be reached at 765-342-6661.

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