High school students gave 525 hours helping at the Friends of the Children annual Friend Raiser fundraiser in May.
More than 600 community guests attended the event that raised about 30 percent of the annual operating budget for the mentoring program. Friends of the Children provides intentional one-on-one support for program youth from a salaried, professional mentor, from kindergarten through high school graduation – 12 ½ years, no matter what.
Students from Henley High School’s football and JROTC, Mazama High School’s football and FBLA and Klamath Union High School’s football team all volunteered at the event. More than 100 students volunteered from both the Klamath County School District (Henley and Mazama) and Klamath Falls City Schools (KU).
“Words cannot even begin to describe how fortunate we feel to have these student volunteers,” said Johanna Scholer, Director of Development and Marketing for Friends of the Children Klamath Basin. “We couldn’t put on an event of this size without numerous volunteers and rely upon these students to a great extent.”
Mazama’s football team came the day before and the day after to set up the venue and take things down. During the event, student volunteers welcomed guests, worked at registration and checkout, provided traffic control, technical support running slide show and music during the main program, supervised dessert dash station, acted as food runners and food servers, cleared plates and tables, auction bid runners, auction spotters, carried items to cars for guests, kitchen clean-up and other miscellaneous duties as needed.
Speaking with student volunteers, Scholer said they get a feeling of accomplishment from helping at the event. But Friends of the Children gets much more from their help.
“What they did had such an impact on our program and this community for the long-run,” Scholer said. “We at Friends of the Children also feel such a sense of pride in our community's youth and know these high school volunteers will be successful in school and in life.”
Photos by Aurora Simpson, PhotoArt by Aurora, provided by Friends of the Children. Johanna Scholer, Friends of the Children Director of Development and marketing, contributed to this press release.
Press release provided from the Samantha Tipler, Public Relations, Klamath County School District.