Students in the McDaniel High School Key Club decided this year to focus on helping Portland’s homeless youth. Co-President Ngan said, “Portland’s housing crisis is constantly on the rise, and we decided to make a warmer winter for them.” With this objective in mind, the club organized a winter clothing drive at their school to benefit Janus. When club Secretary Jennifer and Treasurer Jackie researched local organizations that aligned with their goal of serving homeless youth, they came across Janus Youth Programs. “We felt strongly that with Janus Youth Programs we would be able to send our donations to those in need, and your multidirectional approach to youth homelessness with several locations drew us in.”
Ngan, Jennifer, and Jackie along with Vice President Sydney, Social Media Manager Tianna, and Co-President Minh started out in Key Club their sophomore year. They look back fondly on memories of previous fundraising/volunteering events at places like Oregon Food Bank, Gateway Discovery Park, and the Grotto. The students took on officer positions in the club this year and wanted to create new volunteering events which could be participated in by other students at McDaniel.
The Key Club created posters and a donation box, which was filled to the brim with clothing donations. Columbia Sportswear donated two full boxes and three bags of brand new clothes. The students estimate over 700 pairs of socks were collected. The Key Club’s hard work and generosity is greatly appreciated and is going to help so many youth have a warmer winter.