Sunday, November 11, 2012

Family Volunteer Day, Saturday, November 17

November Community Connections

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Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world.  Due to finals week at the Upper Division, YAC will have a Family Volunteer Night at the LD in December, date TBA after Thanksgiving Break! 

The Points of Light Foundtion  created the Family Volunteer Day 22 years ago to showcase the benefits of family volunteering and provide opportunities for families to help communities create supportive environments for their children and each other. This year Family Volunteer Day takes place on Nov. 17 and is being sponsored by Disney Friends for Change and powered by generationOn. Family Volunteer Day is strategically held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday season with giving and service. It also signals the start of National Family Week, sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families  and the Annie E. Casey Foundation   

YAC's connection to Family Volunteer Day is HELPING THE SECOND GRADE FLAT STANLEY SEMET AND SIX GRADER LEXI BROOKS SANDY  RELIEF DRIVE.  YAC made a PEACE fleece blanket to send to Robert L. Craig School while making blankets for Positive Tomorrows at Woods Community Center on Wednesday, November 14 at 12:30.  Volunteers enjoyed a pizza lunch provided by the Service-Learning Program.  YAC is also promoting the opportunity to relax in between finals by  making cards for Robert L. Craig School at Woods.  

Flat Stanley Semet latest report from New Jersey. An article in the newspaper this morning said that although power has been restored to many homes and buildings many still do not have power in the larger apartment buildings. These buildings have had water damage and before the power can actually be turned on the buildings have to be inspected. These people are now going on 17 days without power. We spent the night going through Aunt Deondra’s closet and this morning we took 5 big garage bags of clothing over to a lady that is going to be let into a very hard hit area of New Jersey so she can deliver the clothing to those in need. Stanley Semet here just trying to do my part to help out New Jersey.

There will be two opportunities to volunteer this weekend:  Boys and Girls Club on Friday from 4-6 PM where YAC will be making Jersey Shore support cards with the club members.  On Saturday, YAC will be at the Food Bank!  Shifts are from 9-12 and 1-4. YAC will also encourage Food Bank Volunteers to make support cards for the Jersey Shore.  Text 405-520-1325 or e-mail to join Food Bank volunteers.Please, arrive 15 minutes before, wear appropiate clothing and closed-toe shoes.

Families that volunteer together not only address community social problems, but also strengthen themselves. Volunteering together as a family provides quality time, strengthens family communication and provides opportunities for family members to be role models.

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