South Williamsport Key Club’s mission is helping others

Key Club’s mission is helping others

Making a difference is the focus of South Williamsport Area Jr./Sr. High School’s Key Club. Every year the club works together to give back to the community through their frequent service projects.

They do annual fundraisers and projects such as ringing bells for the Salvation Army during the holiday season, selling daffodils for the American Cancer Society and Walk-A-Thon to raise money for the club.

“When we hear about new ways to make a difference, we get together and figure out how we can help,” said Scott Manning, Key Club advisor.

This year the group of 130 members has touched a wide range of people’s lives through volunteering and monetary donations.

The club members donated $1,000 to Tricia’s Totes, a local organization that gives bags of goodies to people going through chemotherapy at Divine Providence Hospital. Their generous donation made 20 bags filled with headphones, crossword puzzles and other items to help patients through the process of chemotherapy.

“We received letters from patients who got the tote bags who really appreciated them,” said Monica Boone, Key Club webmaster. It warmed her heart knowing how the club’s kindness made a positive impact in the lives of people with cancer.

The club also donated $480 to the Lycoming County SPCA and $500 to the Lycoming County Children’s Development Center. Both gifts were given to help improve the lives of animals and children across the county.

The two advisors, Manning and Jamie Bloom, have been overseeing Key Club for more than 20 years. They have seen the club exponentially grow over the years and enjoy helping the South Williamsport Area Jr./Sr. High School’s Key Club has made a positive impact on the community through their service projects and generous donations.