One of the most powerful gifts we can give our youth is the
chance to make a difference.
I learned that in an unexpected
way years ago when my youngest son was nine years old. I invited
him and a friend to a Storm Drain Stenciling event I was hosting for high school students and to my surprise, they accepted.
I had no idea their experience would have such a profound
impact. After working alongside the high school volunteers,
the boys announced their intention to help with additional
environmental projects. They had never shown an interest in
volunteering up until this point.
Fast-forward 15 years. Both boys say their volunteer service was
the highlight of their school years and helped to shape their career
choices. My son continues to volunteer as a young adult.
As the Volunteer Center celebrates our 30th anniversary this year
we are planning to revitalize our Youth Volunteer Initiative.
It only takes one step to
get involved in service, but
that one step could change
the direction of a young
Please help local youth
become SUPERHEROES as
they work with the Volunteer
Center to positively impact