Center for Family Life and Recovery

Agency: Center for Family Life and Recovery

Volunteer Projects: Walk a Mile in my Shoes, America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk, Meatball Madness, International Nights, Aids Hike for Life, Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up, Out of the Darkness; walk to prevent suicide, Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up

Summary: Youth volunteers from the Center for Family Life and Recovery Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program raised money and participated in the Rescue Mission’s Walk a Mile in my Shoes walk on Saturday February 4, 2012. The youth volunteers felt proud to have the opportunity to give back to their community.

Saturday March 3, 2012, youth volunteers from the Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program (YSLPP) participated in Utica’s version of America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk. Prior to walking in the event, the youth volunteers raised $1,000 for the American Heart Association. Many family members of the youth volunteers have been affected by heart disease and the walk was more special, because they walked in their family members’ memory.

On Sunday March 4, 2012, YSLPP youth volunteers volunteered their time and worked at the Abraham House annual fundraiser; Meatball Madness.

On Wednesday March 7, 2012 and Thursday March 15, 2012, YSLPP youth volunteers worked at the JFK Middle School and Proctor High School International Night fundraisers respectively. They had great fun and had the opportunity to learn about different cultures and ethnic groups. They also enjoyed sampling the different variety of foods.

Saturday April 28, 2012, youth volunteers from YSLPP volunteered their time and cleaned yards for senior citizens in Oneida County’s 4th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up.

YSLPP youth volunteers raised money, and walked on Sunday April 29, 2012 in the Aids Hike for Life; the money raised is used for Aids research. The YSLPP team won an award for having the largest group; 40 participants!

The YSLPP youth volunteers participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk to prevent suicide on Saturday September 22, 2012. Prior to the walk, they participated in a presentation. Both the presentation and walk were to raise awareness in preventing suicide.

On Saturday October 20, 2012, YSLPP youth volunteers volunteered their time and cleaned yards for senior citizens who physically can’t do the work or financially can’t afford to have the work done, in Oneida County’s 4th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up.