By Joseph Pratt
After the very active winter we’ve recently had, not a lot of people want to think about Christmas and the season that brought so much snow last year, but volunteers with the Aktion Club and the STAR, Inc. !MPACT team started the season early when they volunteered by ringing bells for the Salvation Army during their annual Christmas in July Kettle Campaign.
The Aktion Club, which is a chartered member of Kiwanis International, and the !MPACT Team, which was developed by STAR, Inc., provides community service throughout Scioto County. Since their inception in 2013, the groups have provided more than 4,000 hours of community service, such as serving meals at the Salvation Army, cleaning the grounds at Camp OYO, cleaning highways and more. The group is looking forward to crossing the 5,000 mark this year.
“This work means the world to them. They are so happy to help. I’ve had the good fortune of working with people with developmental disabilities for many years and I’ve seen them work firsthand. They want to feel needed, loved and know that they are contributing,” K.C. Chatfield, individual support facilitator and outreach coordinator, said.
The organization has been diligent volunteers for the Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps and even won an award for their work in December, serving as the number one most involved volunteer bell ringing group in the county.
“They love to help the Salvation Army and when it comes time to raise money with the kettles, they just love to ring the bells. They get to see firsthand the difference they make in the community when they ring bells, too. They watch the people come forward and give money and it is great for them,” Chatfield said. “They volunteer with the meal program frequently and getting to cross over and raise money for it gives them a whole deeper understanding of it.”
For more information about the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities, visit them online at www.sciotocountydd.org, like them on Facebook at Scioto County Board of DD or follow them on Twitter @SciotoDD.
“Working with the Star Impact Team and KC Chatfield is always a pleasure,” Lydia Smith, community resource coordinator, said. “They always bring big hearts and big smiles. They really care about the community and they give of their time constantly. We are so grateful for their service. They are truly special and valuable members of this community.”
Joseph Pratt can be reached at the Portsmouth Daily Times 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or by Twitter @JosephPratt03.