Monthly Archives: January 2013

YVC mourns the loss of Adele Hall

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YVC was stunned and incredibly saddened to hear of the news of the passing of Adele Hall, its current board chair.

“I was so shocked to hear of the news, and I am filled with grief at the loss of not only our board chair but also one of our longest supporters and greatest friends,” said David Battey, president and founder of YVC. “Adele was absolutely integral to the founding of YVC and its success in its 26 year history, and we will miss her contagious smile and unyielding support of young people.”

Adele has been essential to YVC through the years:

–  She was one of YVC’s very first volunteers—the first of more than 270,000—as a member of the steering committee that helped launch YVC in 1987. She then joined YVC’s first board of directors in 1992 and remained on the board until 2003. She returned to the board of directors as board chair in August of 2011.

Adele’s expert sense of strategy and entrepreneurial vision have set YVC on a path to engage even more youth in service, and her legacy will live on in the lives of youth who serve for years to come.

Adele serving with former board chair Don Sloan at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Service.

  She was never afraid to get her hands dirty for YVC—whether it was picking up trash alongside Youth Volunteers or giving up several days of her extremely busy schedule to travel on a road trip visiting YVC Affiliates and potential funders.

 She and her family have been generous supporters who helped launch YVC 26 years ago and have helped it expand to the national organization it is today.

She led YVC through its 25th Anniversary year in 2012, serving on a Celebration of Service project in acknowledgement of the anniversary with nearly 1,000 volunteers throughout the nation and kicking off the 25th Anniversary Summit.

Adele’s expertise and connections have helped expand YVC’s presence in both the local community and its national reach.

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of a dear friend and a true champion for YVC,” said Don Sloan, former board chair. “Adele was such an inspirational figure in our community and in the cause of youth service. We will miss her greatly.”

MLK Day with YVC of Greater Kansas City

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Here at YVC Headquarters, we wish that we could visit every single YVC project happening all over the YVC network all the time. We love hearing about the incredible things that youth are doing in their communities through YVC programs all over the U.S. and Canada, and we’d love to witness them all. But since we haven’t invented a time machine or teleporter yet, we can only visit one project at any given time.

Since we’re located in Kansas City, this week we spent MLK Day with YVC of Greater Kansas City serving on some of their projects. The staff at YVC Headquarters split up to visit as many of YVCKC’s MLK Day projects as possible.

David started his morning bright and early helping serve breakfast to homeless people at Hope Faith Ministries. A team of Youth Volunteers served dozens of meals and then got to hang out with the same homeless people they just served.

Darcy spent the first part of her day at This and That Thrift Store, working alongside a team of Youth Volunteers to organize a thrift shop that supports an organization helping pregnant teens. They organized shoes, toys, home décor and more while of course having some fun along the way!

In the afternoon, she headed over to Harvesters, the local food bank, to serve with another group of Youth Volunteers. They sorted food donations and filled backpacks with food to ensure that kids who receive free lunches at school will have healthy food throughout the weekend.

Tracy served at Coalition for Independence alongside a group of youth to help this organization that aims to help people of all abilities remain independent as long as possible. The group tackled a variety of projects, from rewiring an electric wheelchair (yes, a 16-year-old Youth Volunteer did that!), adapting toys for children of all abilities to play with them and sewing up holes in weighted blankets. They were able to see the insides of some battery-operated toys and learn how they work while also ensuring that children of different abilities get the chance to play with them.

I (Lacey) got to spend my morning at the Humane Society working with about 10 youth, helping with general shelter maintenance and then hanging out with the cats. We all had a great time and were sad to have to leave our new kitty friends!

I was excited to spend my afternoon at the Down Syndrome Guild helping them prepare for some upcoming dances for members of the community affected by Down syndrome. We had some incredible volunteers on this project that helped us get a TON done for this organization.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who served on MLK Day projects throughout the country, and thanks to YVCKC for letting the YVC staff tag along to your projects!

Did you serve in honor of MLK Day? We would love to hear how your project went! Email any stories or photos to Lacey at lhelmig@yvc.org.

We Have a Dream

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We have a dream that every 11 to 18 year-old would get the opportunity to make a difference in their community and that they would see that they truly can change the world.

We have a dream that each youth gets the chance to experience meaningful community service that’s life-changing, that each volunteer sees they truly can make a difference about the issues that matter to them and that their input matters to the community.

We have a dream that all members of the community—young and old—will stand up for what they believe in and choose to make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and nations.

We have a dream that the needs of our community would decrease more and more each day as more volunteers step up to fill them and that one day, these needs would be entirely met by an army of volunteers.

We have a dream that everyone would respect each other and see that communities are made of diverse opinions and that no one is too young or too old to be taken seriously by society.

We have a dream that you will join us in making these dreams a reality throughout the year, but especially this Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service. Connect with a local YVC program to get involved in a project or go to www.mlkday.gov for more ideas on how to make your big ideas a reality, starting by serving on MLK Day.

We want to hear from you! What are your dreams?

Don and Jean Sloan Youth Service Scholarship

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Have you made a difference in your community
through YVC? We want to honor you with a $500 scholarship!

We are excited to announce that YVC is offering its first ever scholarship for Youth Volunteers. The Don & Jean Sloan Scholarship Fund was created to encourage and reward youth who have served their communities.

Don Sloan has been on YVC’s board since its inception, and he served as the chairman for 15 years. The scholarship is a gift from Don and Jean’s daughter Julie in honor of her parents.

 

Scholarship requirements:

  • You must be a senior in high school or currently enrolled in a college or university to apply.
  • You must demonstrate good character and leadership.
  • You must have plans to continue volunteering in college and beyond.
  • Preference will be given to Youth Volunteers who have completed at least 100 hours of service during a two-year period with YVC.

Application details:

  • You can download the application here.
  • Applications can be submitted via email to thale@yvc.org or by mailing to Youth Volunteer Corps, 1025 Jefferson Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.
  • Applications must be delivered or postmarked by April 30.
  • Scholarship will be announced by May 31.

You can find more at https://www.yvc.org/volunteer/scholarship/. We look forward to receiving your application!

Youth Volunteer Corps, 1025 Jefferson St., Kansas City, MO 64105

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