At the last YAB meeting we learned about the importance of drinking water. We learned that Water.org goes to many different impoverished areas all around the world to get people the water that they need so desperately. Not only do they get clean water to people, they do it in a way that doesn’t disrupt their culture. This process takes a little longer, but worth it in the end. This talk was inspiring to say the least. The fact that people aren’t getting a basic need in life shows a lot about our world. Water.org steps up to help those who can’t help themselves.
The last few months, I’ve been volunteering at a place called Garden Terrace. It’s a home for Alzheimer’s patients that can no longer be taken care of by their families. We go down there and interact with them, doing different activities such as card making and gingerbread house decorating. I’ve had so much fun and would love to share the experience with all of you. It’s so uplifting going every week, knowing that I made their week a little more bearable.
Last Saturday, nine YVCKC volunteers bundled up for the cold and went to Shawnee Town, an adorable little "old-timey" town in the middle of a park in Shawnee Kansas. Despite the rain and the cold these volunteers went out with santa and reindeer hats and helped little kids take sleigh rides, and enjoy fun christmas games.
Every year Shawnee Town host "Christmas Around Town," a time for kids and their families to meet Santa, make cool Christmas toys, see live reindeer and horses, drink hot chocolate, and have lots of fun.
Even though it was super cold, rainy and muddy, the holiday spirit wasn't dampened. YVCers had a few fun get-to-know-you games and Rahul read an amazing story about the importance of giving back. The night had a great turn out and everyone had lot of fun!
Just wanted to write about all the great work the in-school projects are doing. At some schools we are working in they are working together to plan their own service projects. As a team they are deciding where they want to volunteer and making calls. They are learning how to plan and organize a group, even to the point of doing their own service learning.
At another school, the group is grower in numbers to raise money for international water systems through water.org. They are selling bread, planning an event, and standing outside local business to gain funds. They are also adopting families over the holiday families by taking donations to support their community.
Another school, just finished a shoe drive to be sold to raise money for basic needs in other countries. They went around to businesses and talked with the owners to let them put out collection boxes to help raise awareness in the community.
In a few other schools, we are working on starting service clubs to bring the experience to the students and the school. So much is going on in the schools at YVCKC! Let's remember all their hard work!
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