Did you know you can still make a meaningful impact even while social distancing? Here are some important ways YOU can help support Youth Services and our programs during this crucial time.

Around our facility – Spread some cheer by decorating the sidewalks outside our agency with artwork and positive messages using sidewalk chalk. Take a photo to share the cheer on social media. Come by and help by cleaning up around the property or pulling weeds in our garden during the warmer months.

Create a Facebook Fundraising Campaign – If you are looking for a quick and easy way to encourage others to give, utilize the “Facebook Fundraising” App. Many donors like the ease of this quick transaction and you can set it up to post reminders to your followers. Click here to learn more about how to set-up a Facebook Fundraiser. Note: Facebook does not take out transaction fees for non-profits.

Holiday Help – Though we don’t yet know what our annual Holiday Gift Program will look like this year, we are still committed to ensuring families who are struggling the most receive gifts this holiday season. Despite the obstacles of 2020, we were still able to provide holiday gifts to 570 children thanks to generous donors and sponsors. Starting this fall, you can help in many ways, such as (1) sponsoring a child, (2) hosting a collection of wrapping material or gift cards or (3) creating gift tags and preparing bags.

Lead a Virtual Workshop – Do you have a specific skill you would like to share? Perhaps you are a yoga or fitness instruction and would like to lead a class. Or, you can entertain others with a comedy, improv or drag performance. Contact us to learn more about partnering with our staff to lead a virtual event for an elementary to high school audience.

Rock Garden – During the summer, we initiated a project to bring cheer to anyone visiting our facility and give others in our community an opportunity to contribute and leave their mark. We are creating a rock garden containing painted rocks; some with messages like Hope, Joy, Loved, Safe, etc. If you would like to contribute to this project, you will just need some smooth rocks, paint and a sharpie if you want to write a message. Full instructions are provided here.

Study Buddies Program – The 2020/21 school year is coming to a close. Come fall, we will need more material for our free academic program. For example, create trivia sheets for 5th grade through middle school with topics like sports (especially soccer) or current pop questions. You can also create or find brain teasers and crosswords puzzles for 4th grade and up.

Thank you notes – Thanking others is an important part of our relationship with our sponsors, donors and volunteers. Help us spread the love by writing or decorating thank you notes. We will provide the cards.

Translations – For many of our families, Spanish is the main language spoken in the household. Therefore, it is important that our documents and forms are available in both English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Fitch, at 847-724-2620 or Jennifer.fitch@ysgn.org. If you are looking for court-ordered community service for a student, please check out our Juvenile Diversion Program