On Tuesday, June 19, FFA members made tie blankets as a part of the Indiana State Convention community service projects. Members spent many hours and worked hard to cut, tie, and sew the blankets to provide warmth and comfort to those in need.
When asked the question “Why did you participate?” Jayden Brown, 16, from the Rossville FFA Chapter answered “Because I wanted to give back to the community that made me who I am today and it humbles me knowing that I helped people in need.” Kali Schurmeir, 15, from the Tecumseh FFA Chapter answered with “To make memories with other members in FFA and to have fun”
Members who volunteered were also asked “What did this experience teach you?” Chloe Thomas, 15, from the Clinton Prairie FFA Chapter said “Leadership skills and that giving back can be very rewarding.” Not only are members competing at state convention, they are also learning valuable skills and life lessons to incorporate into their daily life.
Another awesome opportunity members were given on Tuesday was Food Finders. During the Food Finders community service project members had the opportunity to pack food for those in need.
Jobs ranged from stacking cans to sorting meat and boxing it. We would like to give Kroger, Ceres Solutions, and CHS Inc. a huge shout out for making this project possible. Here is what a few volunteers had to say about it:
Job: working with the cans
Favorite part about this project: Being able to work with my chapter and meet new chapters.
Chapter: Owen Valley
Job: working with cans
Favorite part about this project: seeing how different chapters could work together to make an impact
Chapter: North Judson
Job: Bagging cucumbers
Favorite part about this project: Meeting new people and helping others in need
Any FFA member from any chapter will tell you how important community service is to our organization. Being apart of FFA is living out our motto through events like this we are truly Living To Serve. Even during a fun time like convention these dedicated members put community and volunteer work first.