Community service is ‘key’

Impassioned by a summer leadership conference to spend more hours doing community service work, Marietta High School student Christy Heisler spent her summer racking up more than 100 hours of community service.

This school year Heisler, a junior, dove head first into the school’s Key Club, and was recently elected as the vice president of the service organization for the coming school year.

With energy and passion to spare, Heisler’s community involvement won’t likely stop anytime soon.

Question: What sort of volunteer activities are you involved with?

Answer: I went to this leadership conference called HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth) this summer. It was about leadership, but also about service. They challenged us. If you get 100 hours or more you can apply to be a facilitator at the next HOBY conference. So this summer I did 100 hours of service around Marietta-in the food pantry, at the Castle, at the library, and around my neighborhood. After that, I wanted to get involved with Key Club to keep doing service activities.

Q: What sort of service activities does Key Club organize?

A: Well, during the first half of the year, we do things that are more here at the school. We had a teacher breakfast where we made breakfast for all the teachers. I helped with that. We also have volunteers at Marietta Memorial Hospital. We did a blood drive here (at Marietta High School). And we did an American Heart Association T-shirt sale to raise money for them. We also do Pancake Days with the Kiwanis. Kiwanis sponsors Key Club, and they give us ideas where we can help.

Q: Do you do more activities outside of the high school in the second half of the year.

A: Yes. Now we’re planning on helping out at an upcoming track meet. We’re helping clean the shelter on the west side and also helping at the (Marietta Community) Food Pantry.

Q: What is your favorite activity you’ve done through Key Club?

A: I think Pancake Days is the most fun. It’s the most busy, and I saw so many people from the community there. It was very successful.

Q: What is the most challenging part of being in Key Club?

A: Organizing volunteers probably. And organizing activities, deciding which ones we want to do.

Q: What do you like about volunteering?

A: There are people who don’t have it as well as I do. If I can do anything to help, I would. And there are so many opportunities to help. Being in Key Club has shown me there are tons of things we can do that I didn’t even know about. I’ve met a lot of people in the community and just realized you can do things and make a difference.

This interview was conducted by Jasmine Rogers.