Milan High School Interact Club teens serve their community

Elaine Fingerley was a visitor at the Milan Vineyard Church, where Interact Club members served as part of the club’s community service project.

Interact club members, Jason Sell, Haley Dennison, Kelly McBride, faculty advisor Kristina Mahaney and Harry Ervin joined compassion ministry volunteers at the Milan Vineyard Church, as part of their community service. Those attending and not pictured were Megan McIntosh, president Courtney Schultz and Améstie Abercrombie.

Milan teens and members of the Milan chapter of Rotary International’s Interact club joined forces with the compassion ministry team at Milan Vineyard Church on a busy Saturday morning.  The teens worked with ministry volunteers that provide for those in need with food, clothing and a hot meal.  “It’s a blessing and a thrill to have a community-minded group come serve with us,” Steve Davis, care team coordinator, said.

Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects each year, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill.  Starting near home, six members joined by their teacher and faculty advisor, Kristina Mahaney, got to work.

The church’s compassion ministry supplies families with food that is donated or sold at reduced cost by Food Gathers of Ann Arbor.  All items must be weighed and outbound weights must be reported to the church’s donors.  This causes additional work for the volunteers.

The teens helped by weighing, packaging and transporting the food items to individual’s cars.  A few helped with distributing gently used clothing from the church’s clothes closet.   More than 75 individuals were helped.  Mahaney said she enjoyed working with the teens and seeing them participate in the service side of the club’s activities.  “It’s good for the students to be out of their comfort zone and realize how others may need help,” Mahaney said.

It is people like Elaine Fingerley the teens were helping  to serve.  Fingerley found herself living in a horse trailer with no hope in sight.  She said the ministry helped her and now life is better.  This is an excellent place, she said, “God bless this place.”

Several of the teens, in spite of the hard work, are planning to volunteer again.  Harry Ervin, club treasurer, volunteers on a regular basis and spearheaded the club’s involvement.   President Courtney Schultz was impressed with the church program and plans to volunteer again with some of the other Interact members.   “This is an awesome program and a blessing,” she said.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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