Recently members of the Keystone Club at the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club presented a check for $340 to the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
The teens needed a service project for their club. In an effort to understand homelessness, the teens posed as homeless people and asked for donations from patrons at the Zebulon Wal-Mart. Club members put up posters explaining who they were and why they were asking for donations.
Not only did they raise money for the Raleigh Rescue Mission, but they also raised awareness of homelessness, according to the club director, Karl Thomas.
“While most teens were enjoying nice weather, preparing for the prom or spending time with friends and family, the Keystone Club members were out making a difference,” Thomas said.
According to Thomas, this was the last Keystone community service project until the next school year.
Thomas said this project also fulfilled the National Keystone annual service requirements.
Each year, Keystone Club members develop a National Keystone project, which is the combined action of hundreds of local Keystone Clubs resulting in a service project with national scope.
The Keystone Club also sent four teens to the National Keystone conference in Atlanta.
This year Thomas said club members participated in the Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day, they also conducted an HIV awareness event, hosted a fall festival and volunteered both around the Boys & Girls Club and on field trips.
Thomas said Keystone Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14-18, The clubs are designed to develop good character and help members grow to become productive, responsible adults.