Community House creates club

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Marcie McGonagle

The Community House has a newly formed Community House Junior Board.  The board’s main goal is to help out with the Community House’s events, to raise awareness about the Community House and to volunteer at its satellite locations.

“Our main focus will be working with the three satellite locations of the Community House that are Charlie’s Gift, Willowbrook Corner and the Youth Center,” said Dan Menza, senior and treasurer for the board. “Our goal is to create awareness of the wide reaching efforts the Community House has in our area, and to organize events, fundraisers and other activities at these locations along with the Community House to benefit the children and teenagers of this community.”

One of their first events of the year was volunteering at the Rotary Run last Sunday.  The board had a booth with kid friendly activities like pumpkin painting and face painting.

“We were able to help with the Rotary Run this year by volunteering the day of the event as an organization hosting events for children like face painting, handing out popcorn, giving out balloons and decorating pumpkins to help engage the kids while maybe their parents ran, or were socializing,” Menza said.

The idea behind this was to create a family friendly atmosphere.

“This became much more of a family event with its wide variety of activities,” Menza said.

In the future, the board hopes to run a program for Willowbrook Corner and help out with the Autism Walk.

The members of the board see unique advantages and experiences to being involved outside of school.

“The biggest advantage is the real world application it gives us as students. We are directly working for a nonprofit organization, which allows our organization to have a much more professional approach to it because of our ability to work with adults whose career has been fundraising and helping others,” Menza said.