Utica Safe Schools/Underground Café

Agency: Utica Safe Schools/Underground Café

Volunteer Projects: Working at the Westminster Food Pantry, One Decision Campaign, Build-A-Bike, Hoops and Dreams, Painting Fire Hydrants, Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up, Parkinson’s Home Spaghetti Dinner

Summary: Throughout the year youth volunteers from the Underground Café weekly cleaned the food pantry at Westminster Church.

Throughout the month of January, youth volunteers from the Underground Café took part in a Facebook/media campaign to raise awareness about the importance of sexual health. One of the Underground Café teens won the national competition and received an IPAD.

Youth volunteers spent many hours promoting the Annual Build-A-Bike event. On Saturday March 10, 2012 they walked in Utica’s St. Patrick’s Day parade holding promotional signs promoting the event and passed out candy to the young children along the parade route. They collected used bicycles leading up to the event and on Saturday April 28, 2012, they tagged the bicycles, assisted mechanics, helped children select bicycles and help fit helmets at the Utica Safe Schools/Underground Café’s Annual Build-A-Bike event.


On Thursday July 12, 2012, youth volunteers assisted with all aspects of the Hoops and Dreams event. They helped with set-up, clean-up and any other area where needed.

Youth volunteers painted fire hydrants for a mile stretch in Utica on Friday August 24, 2012. They wanted to improve the look of their city and took tremendous pride their work.

On Saturday October 20, 2012, youth volunteers took part in Oneida County’s 4th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up. They cleaned yards for senior citizens who can no longer physically do the work or financially afford to have the work done.

Sunday October 21, 2012 youth volunteers served meals to people with Parkinson’s disease, sang songs and cleaned up afterward at the Parkinson’s Home Spaghetti Dinner.