Boys and Girls Club of the Mohawk Valley
Agency: Boys and Girls Club of the Mohawk Valley
Volunteer Projects: Making and delivering Christmas cards, Holiday Can Food Drive and Window Painting
Summary: During the month of October, youth volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club’s Columbus School site in Utica spent a majority of their program time making holiday cards for senior citizens. The staff at the Columbus site stressed the importance of community involvement and how making and delivering the holiday cards would brighten someone’s day. The 40 youth volunteers took great pride in making their cards and realized what a positive difference they made when they received a thank you card signed by all the senior citizens from MVHCC.
Beginning in early November and continuing throughout the month, youth volunteers from the Lansing Street and Parkway sites in Utica collected and donated 150 canned foods to replenish the inventory after Thanksgiving at the Saint Joseph/Saint Patrick soup kitchen. The youth volunteers were excited to know that they were helping less fortunate people.
During the month of December youth volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club site at Strough Middle School in Rome continued their tradition of painting the windows at Staples for the holidays. The youth love this activity and the staff at Staples are thrilled that the store looks so festive during the holidays season.
Youth volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club site at Bellamy School in Rome make and deliver holiday cards to senior citizens at the Rome Hospital’s nursing home. The youth have a lot of fun creating the cards and the senior citizens are extremely thankful for their efforts. Thank you letters and phone calls have established a great relationship between the youth and the elderly. Also, the youth volunteers from Bellamy School were made aware of a young boy (Max) diagnosed with cancer. His Christmas wish was to receive 1,000,000 Christmas cards. They made over 200 cards and sent them to Max!