By Mollie Good, Contributing Writer (‘22)
Although the Indian Hills community is still in quarantine-mode, the Interact officers and directors have been participating in weekly Zoom meetings to coordinate projects to help the FLOW community during this unprecedented time. Even amidst virtual learning, Interact has remained an integral part of the community by spearheading numerous community outreach and service projects.
Interact remembered the men and women who died while serving in the United States Military by designing cards that were included in a Memorial Day remembrance video that was aired on the Oakland TV station. Additionally, Interact has partnered with Ridgecrest Senior Housing to assist with their Saturday “Breakfast and Bagel” program. During this event, volunteers package breakfast and toiletry items and kindness notes for distribution to the residents. Through this project, Interact has shown support to local nursing home residents, a group that has been impacted notably by the pandemic.
Interact is also happy to be partnering with Valley Hospital to provide mask-making kits to help protect community members. Masks will be donated to healthcare workers at the Oakland Care Center and senior residents at Ridgecrest Senior Housing. Interact volunteers and family members have been busy making both sew and no-sew masks so no sewing skills are required; they encourage the Indian Hills community to consider assisting them with their mask-making project. This is an ongoing project that will continue throughout the summer, and details will be available on Schoology.
Interact is also hosting a food drive to benefit the Ponds Church food pantry. They are grateful for the many donations from students and local families and encourage others to get involved by dropping off goods at 22 River Road in Oakland or 34 Woodside Road in Wyckoff. Interact is looking for donations of canned/dried foods, paper goods, and hygiene products by no later than June 12, which will help to benefit the less fortunate during this time.
In an effort to bring joy to local elders at this time, Interact is working on a project to benefit local veterans and nursing home residents in the surrounding community. Specifically, Interact is asking for students to craft handmade 4th of July themed cards that will be sent to the Veterans Home and Ridgecrest Senior Housing. Not only will this project certainly be uplifting to seniors dealing with isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, but those who make cards will also receive valuable service credit. Interested students can find more information on Schoology as well.
Interact encourages students to stay active throughout the summer by taking part in these service projects.