For Club Interact, making a difference in the community is a daily activity. With ambitious leadership and a passion for volunteering, Club Interact members are eager to design their own community service projects.
Interact Club founder and junior president Delilah Chapman Samstad started the club during the pandemic last year. Chapman Samstad said the club was part of a larger organization called Rotary, designed for world service.
“We volunteer at Rotary events and we also design our own service projects. The club is run by students, so we can carry out projects on topics that are important to us, ”said Chapman Samstad.
Junior Ella James Grossman said getting involved in the community service side of the club has been both crucial and motivating.
“Interact provides a safe space for everyone to feel open to volunteering. Our goal is to inspire high school students, ”said James Grossman.
Prior to forming the club, Chapman Samstad engaged in food service in his church. With lots of encouragement from her family members, Chapman Samstad knew she wanted to start a club to provide opportunities for students to volunteer for issues that matter to them.
“I wanted to help somehow, but I wasn’t sure how. My favorite thing about Interact is that we are able to design projects and have a lot of control over what we do, ”said Chapman Samstad.
The Interact club holds meetings every X-block outside of the quad. To join the Interact mailing list, interested students can use this form.
Junior Tessa Brennan, another member of the Interact club, was immediately drawn to the club’s dedication to the state community.
“The club is really student-run, which means students can choose the assignments they want to do based on what they’re passionate about,” said Brennan.
Brennan said a big event to get involved with is Rotary’s upcoming Dog Day.
“There will be opportunities to help with the garbage collection in school playgrounds, or many small activities like that,” said Brennan.
According to Chapman Samstad, Interact primarily focused on raising funds for Project Bread during the Hunger March last year.
“We were able to raise $ 700. It was great to raise so much money, but I would really like to do things that are not already organized, ”said Chapman Samstad.
James Grossman looked for other ways to support his community before he came across Interact.
“I felt like I could do more and wanted to find a group of people who felt the same. I wanted to get involved in the local community which would lead me to outside opportunities after high school, ”said James Grossman.
As a goal for the school year, James Grossman hopes that Interact can launch more student-led projects.
“Last year we really couldn’t do much,” said James Grossman. “The start of the club was quite slow. I can’t wait to have more people to work with.
Chapman Samstad said the Interact Club supports its members now and in their future.
“I would recommend this club to anyone looking to give back to the community. The great thing about Interact is that it’s part of a much bigger organization. So you can really keep going throughout your life if it’s something you like, ”said Chapman Samstad.