Center for Family Life and Recovery

Agency:  Center for Family Life and Recovery

Volunteer Projects:  America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk, Dog Walking, Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up, Christmas on Main Street

Summary:   Saturday March 2, 2013, 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 $1,200 for the American Heart Association. This has been an annual event for YSLPP. The event has been one of YSLPP’s most popular volunteer initiatives, because many of their family members have been affected by heart disease.

Monthly, beginning in the spring, youth volunteers from Center for Family Life and Recovery’s (CFLR) Compeer Program took dogs from the Herkimer County Humane Society for walks. They groomed the dogs and cats, played with the cats and did general tasks that needed to be completed. Humane Society staff really appreciates the work the youth volunteers do. Their assistance is invaluable.

On Sunday April 21, 2013, YSLPP youth volunteers volunteered their time and cleaned yards for senior citizens in Oneida County’s 5th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up.

Sunday September 22, 2013, YSLPP youth volunteers participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. YSLPP had one of the largest groups to participate and so enjoyed themselves that they plan to make this an annual event.

YSLPP youth volunteers volunteered their time and cleaned senior citizen’s yards on Sunday October 27, 2013 in Oneida County’s 5th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up.

On Saturday November 23, 2013, youth volunteers from the Compeer Program assisted with all operational aspects; setting up food and drink stations, keeping the event space clean, etc., at Christmas on Main Street at Union Station in Utica. The youth volunteers asked and helped many of the attendees write cards to veteran and service members. Over 300 cards were collected that day. The youth volunteers really enjoyed working with the people, making the cards for the veterans and service members.

Youth Volunteers: 168                                                           Volunteer Hours:  64