Daniel Lang
External Outreach Chair


SACRAMENTO, Sept. 17, 2016 –– In an effort to improve the living conditions of veterans, university students from California and Nevada teamed-up for service in downtown Sacramento.

Paint the Town, an annual service project, saw 15 volunteers from California State University, Sacramento and the University of Nevada, Reno repair the homes of veterans along 39th Street.

“To finish painting two houses in a day was amazing,” said Numfon Vilay, event chair and junior at UNR.

Students practiced patience and grace through hard work. Besides painting houses, the club members of Circle K International (CKI), a community service organization, taped windows, removed gutters, and performed other refurbishments. During the six-hour day, they interacted with other local volunteer groups like Alpha Phi Omega.

CKI members like James Hoong, junior at Sacramento State and treasurer for his club, particularly enjoy projects like these. “This interclub event brought members from UN Reno [UNR] to the heart of Sacramento,” said Hoong. “Making connections with members from other schools — and even around the world in our organization — helps broaden my reach.”

Paint the Town is planned by students from the CKI Capital Division of California, Nevada, and Hawaii to bring together volunteers from multiple colleges and universities to, in a single day, directly impact a community.

Circle K International, founded in 1934, is the world’s largest student-led collegiate service organization. Sponsored by Kiwanis International, its members promote service, leadership, and fellowship through all activities. CKI has over 13,000 members worldwide, with 2,800 alone in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District, formed in 1954. For more information on the organization and its events, please visit


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