- I.E.J Farms (Weeks 2 and 4)- Isaac Eugene Jefferson Farms works in their own neighborhood to provide a clean and enjoyable space for residents. YVC loves joining forces with this group to strengthen and brighten the neighborhood! This summer we will be assisting with their community garden, providing lawn and yard assistance for the elderly, and taking on projects aimed at community beautification. It will be full of agricultural education in an urban setting. You will be outside enjoying the summer sun, while seeing its effects in the garden!
- Great Plains SPCA (Week 2)- Make a commitment to homeless animals this summer! Volunteers will assist with walking dogs, socializing cats, and cleaning with the “Sparkle Crew.” Other volunteers will assist with the “Young Heroes for Pets” camp as children learn about the pets in their care at Great Plains SPCA. As well as other members of the animal kingdom, what their needs are, and how to be HEROES for them. Projects include making toys and treats for shelter pets or pets at home, making animal-themed art pieces, crafts, interactive games, performances and more. MUST BE 16+ YEARS OLD TO VOLUNTEER
- Parkville Nature Sanctuary (Week 6)- If you like being and working in the outdoors, you've come to the right place. Parkville Nature Sanctuary is a wildlife preserve and educational site developed and maintained nearly entirely by volunteers. Parkville Nature Sanctuary has multiple walking and hiking trails that make the area accessible with minimal impact on the land and wildlife habitat. Youth volunteers will be helping to chip and mulch trails, put down gravel and railroad steps as well as working on 3 ½ miles of trails.
- Wayside Waifs (Weeks 1 and 5)- Who doesn’t love animals? Help orphaned and abandoned animals find forever homes this summer! Volunteers will get a tour of Wayside Waifs, learn more about what they do, and help with organizing needs. Volunteers will also help by walking dogs and providing human to canine socialization time. MUST BE 16+ YEARS OLD TO VOLUNTEER
YVCKC's Summer of Service is quickly approaching! Just a few more weeks until youth across Kansas City spend 8 intensive weeks helping out local non-profits. We still have some spots open for youth who are looking to make a difference in their community this summer. Check out some of the descriptions below then click here to sign up and get involved!
The numbers are in from Global Youth Service Day! We had 1375 volunteers serving 1408 hours with 12 agencies on 35 projects. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.
GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together--and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and adult mentors-- to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.
As part of GYSD this year, we had schools and organizations across the Kansas City area make craft kits for the patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. These kits include all the supplies that a child will need to put together a craft, which is a great way to pass the time and relax during a hospital stay. Our volunteers were able to make 1174 craft kits, 212 bookmarks, and 260 cards for these patients. It's so exciting to see the difference youth have made in Kansas City this year!
Here is what some of the volunteers had to say about the experience:
A few of our after-school volunteers at Head Start took some time to reflect on their experience with YVCKC this year. Our "After-School Projects" require the same group of volunteers to serve at a particular agency each week. This offers a unique experience for volunteers where they are able to connect and build a deeper relationship with the people they serve. Read the stories below to see the impact these projects have on our volunteers.
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