Did you know you can still make a meaningful impact even while social distancing? Here are some important ways YOU can help support Youth Services and our programs during this crucial time.

Around our facility – Spread some cheer by decorating the sidewalks outside our agency with artwork and positive messages using sidewalk chalk. Take a photo to share the cheer on social media. While the weather is still good, come by and help by cleaning up around the property or pulling weeds in our garden.

Create a Facebook Fundraising Campaign – If you are looking for a quick and easy way to encourage others to give, utilize the “Facebook Fundraising” App. Many donors like the ease of this quick transaction and you can set it up to post reminders to your followers. Click here to learn more about how to set-up a Facebook Fundraiser. Note: Facebook does not take out transaction fees for non-profits.

Holiday Help – Though our annual Holiday Gift Program will look different this year, we are still committed to ensuring families who are struggling the most receive gifts this holiday season. You can help in so many ways, such as (1) sponsoring a child, (2) hosting a collection of wrapping material or gift cards or (3) creating gift tags and preparing bags.

Lead a Virtual Workshop – Do you have a specific interest or skill you would like to share? Perhaps you can lead a yoga or cardio fitness class or entertain others with a comedy, improv or drag performance. Contact us to learn more about partnering with our staff to lead a virtual event for an elementary to high school audience.

Rock Garden – This summer, we initiated a project to bring cheer to anyone visiting our facility and give others in our community an opportunity to contribute and leave their mark. We are creating a rock garden containing painted rocks; some with messages like Hope, Joy, Loved, Safe, etc. If you would like to contribute to this project, you will just need some smooth rocks, paint and a sharpie if you want to write a message.

Study Buddies Program – Look for or create material we can use for this free academic program. For example, create trivia sheets for 5th grade through middle school with topics like sports (especially soccer) or current pop questions. You can also create or find brain teasers and crosswords puzzles for 4th grade and up.

Thank you notes – Thanking others is an important part of our relationship with our sponsors, donors and volunteers. Help us spread the love by writing or decorating thank you notes. We will provide the cards.

Translations – For many of our families, Spanish is the main language spoken in the household. Therefore, it is important that our documents and forms are available in both English and Spanish.

For details about any of these opportunities, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Fitch, at Jennifer.fitch@ysgn.org