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Watchung Hills Regional High School

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INTERACT Community Service Club

 

INTERACT Community Service Club Executive Board

 

Advisors: Ms. Maureen Kelly and Mrs. Josephine Testa

 

Co - Presidents: Abigail Gallant, Carly Gaebele, Ava Melillo, Juilanna Miller & Samantha Moran 

 

 

Google Classroom Code: m7ijnj

New members always welcomed.

Questions: Visit Office 94-4 during lunch or after school

 

 

 

Important Information

SERVICE PROJECTS: There are ongoing projects that run throughout the year. Additionally, we have one time projects. Information for one time events may be found on our Google Classroom.

Best Times

Chair: Simon Zhang

 

Pencils of Promise provides schools and quality education to third world countries, such as Ghana, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Laos. Pencils of Promise gives all of its money towards these schools. Our goal is to raise $1,000 this year through fundraisers and personal donations.


Bridging the Gap

Chairs: Mary Elias

 

To promote, encourage and develop a strong relationship with the seniors in our local community through positive and meaning interactions. We will visit local nursing homes in the area.

Community Connect

Chairs: 

 

Community Connect is working to create a partnership with the teachers within the Plainfield school district in order to provide resources for elementary students and improve their quality of education. We have “adopted” two fourth grade classes and two first grade classes. The teachers of these classes will work directly with us in order to give us an idea of their needs in the classroom. Through INTERACT, we will fundraise for supplies that will be sent directly to the classes as well as form relationships with the Plainfield students by sending letters, video conferencing, and attending Plainfield events/bringing them to WHRHS events.


Habitat for Humanity

Chair: Jacqueline Pontes

 

 

Habitat for Humanity's mission ensures everyone has access to safe, secure, and affordable housing. They accomplish this mainly by utilizing volunteers to help build houses in addition to running various fundraising ventures.

Homefirst

Chair: Monica Rodriguez Escobar

 

Homefirst delivers comprehensive solutions to homelessness by providing transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homeless prevention assistance, and family support services to strengthen families and build communities.

 

MLK Center

Chair: Daniella Green & Payton Carn

MLK Center is

 

More for Matheny

Chairs: 

 

Matheny is a special hospital and learning center for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities and has a comprehensive outpatient center meeting the health care needs of people with all types of disabilities in the community. We primarily volunteer weekly on Sundays from 1-3 PM at a Matheny group home in Basking Ridge, however, there are also opportunities at the main campus in Peapack. This year we are focusing on donating items to the group home in addition to weekly volunteer sessions in small groups of three to five students. To become a volunteer, you must receive an orientation at the main campus that we will coordinate. If you wish to volunteer in the winter, you will need proof of a flu shot. Please contact us (180030@whrhs-stu.org or 182220@whrhs-stu.org) if you are interested!


Our mission: To volunteer alongside the patients at Matheny to enhance their experience at the center/group home in any way we can.


Important dates: Orientations are required for volunteers and will be scheduled as soon as we have a complete list of members interested in participating. Expect orientations to take place in mid-late October and early-mid November. Also, proof of flu vaccination is needed by November 1st.


Operation Smile

Chairs:

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives. At Operation Smile, it’s more than a charity. More than an NGO. It’s a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

The organization comes in as the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided over 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with facial deformities. Their work creates a lasting global impact. They train local doctors in developing countries and strengthen healthcare systems so more children in some of the poorest areas in the world can be treated. Thanks to the generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by their supporters, they continue to heal thousands of children each year to give girls and boys a new chance at life.

Mission Statement: With our club, Operation Smile, we hope to be able to hold fundraisers/events/sell items and donate the proceeds to Operation Smile headquarters. Many Operation Smile clubs across the country also donate hundreds of toys and school supplies for the patients and their families. Not only do we plan to raise money, but also awareness, hopefully through information sessions or host awareness days for the entire school.


Pencils of Promise

Chair: Haley Burton

Pencils of Promise provides schools and quality education to third world countries, such as Ghana, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Laos. Pencils of Promise gives all of its money towards these schools. Our goal is to raise $1,000 this year through fundraisers and personal donations.


Urban Revival

Chair: Jessica Sindel

 

Urban Revival provides