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Happy 15th Anniversary to YVC of St. Joseph, MO!

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St. Joseph 15th Anniversary - 2016

A Youth Volunteer can serve as little as one hour with YVC and see that his life has been changed. So when hundreds of youth serve thousands of hours over the years, cleaning parks, reading to kids and serving meals to the homeless, the impact is profound.

Since YVC of St. Joseph launched 15 years ago, hundreds of youth have made a difference in the community. They have helped at animal shelters, visited seniors in assisted living centers, cleaned up lakes, built homes with Habitat for Humanity and more. Just in the last year alone, 173 Youth Volunteers served 2,589 hours with YVC of St. Joseph.

These Youth Volunteers have transformed their community, and they have found themselves transformed in the process.

Thank you to Youth Alliance for hosting the YVC of St. Joseph program for 15 years!

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Highlights of 2015

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2015 was one of the best years yet for Youth Volunteer Corps. We can’t thank you enough for joining us this last year and supporting our inspiring Youth Volunteers to make a difference in their communities.

Thanks to your support, we changed the world in 2015. Here’s how:

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Christmas Through the Eyes of a DCEC Child

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Laura Jarriel is a volunteer with YVC in Anderson, SC, and a current member of the International Youth Advisory Board.

One recent event that I have volunteered at for my local YVC in Anderson, S.C., has been with a very special organization called DCEC. DCEC stands for the Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, and it focuses on providing a daycare center for special needs children in Anderson. While their parents are out working during the day, these children are constantly under the care of hard workers at DCEC who provide shelter, toys, comfort, snacks, etc. to help the kids have the most positive experience possible.

Just a few weeks ago, some volunteers from our local YVC were asked to help with one of DCEC’s annual events. Every year, DCEC has a small Christmas party for the kids as well as for their family and friends. Our group of volunteers was asked to help with multiple tasks. These included serving homemade cookies and cocoa, decorating the tables, setting up fun holiday games and crafts, singing Christmas carols with the kids, and helping the adult volunteers take pictures of the kids with Santa Claus!

For most of these kids, this party is the only real Christmas time they get, especially to spend Christmas with so many friends and family of DCEC. Just observing on the outside, it was interesting to get to know the children and learn about some of the developmental disabilities they face.

Anderson at Developmental Center for Exceptional Children 12.23.15 - 1Some children have obvious symptoms of disorders and diseases such as autism and Down syndrome. Some of these kids will have frequent fits or long cries, and the kids can sometimes get out of control, especially when they like to run around and throw objects, not knowing what they are doing. For other children, it is not so obvious. Some kids may have a common disorder like the rest of the bunch, but they do not have such obvious behavioral symptoms, such as having loud fits. Instead, these kids will have a calmer nature, but they will have maybe a learning disability or they may have trouble communicating with others. So, all of these children have varying ranges of disabilities at DCEC.

The experience I had with the DCEC this Christmas was not my first time volunteering with DCEC. I have served there multiple times throughout my years of volunteering. Other events that I have done with DCEC include the annual Thanksgiving meal, summer mission weeks, and simply just coming for the day to play with the kids. It is truly an amazing thing to know that someone can put a smile on another’s face just by making a simple gesture, and that is probably the main lesson I have learned from all of my experiences with DCEC. I will continue volunteering with them even after my time with YVC, because it is such a great place to learn new things and to build up more confidence in myself!

Learn more about this project that earned YVC of Anderson the Project of the Year Award.

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