That's a Wrap, our 2015 Summer of Service is in the books!
Northern Fairfield County and Southern Litchfield County Summer of Service
We had a spectacular summer with our Youth Volunteer Corps, Summer of Service Program! Our youth volunteers worked hard at Harrybrooke Park, Ives Concert Park, Head Start, Dorothy Day, Morning Glory, Salvation Army, Interfaith AIDS Ministry, New Milford Senior Center, Green Chimneys, Jericho Partnership, Pratt Nature Center, Still River Alliance, Lake Kenosia Park, United Way of Western CT, and Wooster Cemetery. Various projects that we did include weeding, gardening, reestablishing trails and paths, reading and interacting with youth, organizing food pantries, painting a porch at United Way, learning about organic farming, the importance of bees and maple syrup production, restoring headstones, teaching technology to and learning from senior citizens, serving food to those in need and much more! A big thank you to youth, parents and agencies who made this experience so rewarding for everyone involved!
Stamford Summer of Service
What a great three weeks our Youth Volunteer Corps volunteers had at our Summer of Service program. The Stamford youth, ages 11-14, spent their time at Childcare Learning Centers, Mill River Park Collaborative and Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Some of the projects we did were assisting teachers in structured projects, inventory of First Aid kits, put on waders and trimmed invasive plants in and along the riverbank, learned about sustainable gardens, plants and groundskeeping, spread mulch behind the preschool on the trail, made paper pulp removed rocks from the sheephill and cleared branches and brush on the trails. Thank you to the youth who participated and made it such a fun 3 weeks. We'd also like to thank our non-profit partners who hosted us this year and made it such a success. Thank you to LaRocca's Country Market for the generous lunch donation, we appreciate your support!
Summer Reading Partners finishes up!
The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut’s Summer Reading Partners program engaged corporate volunteers who read with small groups of rising fourth and fifth graders over the last four weeks. We read James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl with youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford and the Stamford Family YMCA., to boost reading skills during the summer months while school is out of session. At the conclusion of today each child went home with a copy of the book provided by the United Way. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to read to the youth.
2015 Day of Action
This year, 750 volunteers across Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County and Stamford came together in June to help the people who help others -- our local service agencies. Those 750 volunteers gave 3,750 hours of their time at more than 100 project sites. Click here to view our 2015 Day of Action photo gallery. THANK YOU to all who participated in making this year's Day of Action a huge success!
- Family Centers, Inc.: posted a need "Housing Resource Program at Family Centers" - 5 days ago
- Earthplace, The Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center: posted an event "Earthplace Festival" - Aug 20, 2015
- International Institute of Connecticut: posted a need "Volunteer Mentors" - Aug 20, 2015
- American Red Cross CT And RI Region: posted a need "Community Ambassador - Speakers Bureau" - Aug 20, 2015
- Summer of Service Has Begun
We are excited to share that Summer of Service is now underway. More than 150 youth are engaged in the Greater Danbury and Stamford communities in service-learning projects. This week we are at Head Start, Dorothy Day and Salvation Army in Danbury and at ChildCare Learning Centers in Stamford. We are looking forward to spending the summer with the Youth and making a difference in our community.
- Volunteer Spotlight: Stamford Summer of Service
The mission of Summer of Service is to increase volunteer opportunities for youth ages 11-14 by providing them with enriching experiences while at the same time addressing critical community needs.
- Volunteer Spotlight: Ilyse Gendron
Luck was on our side this past summer when here at United Way we received a call from Ilyse Gendron - an enthusiastic preschool teacher and reading tutor who was looking for a way to help prepare low-income children for school.