United Way Announces Month of Service for Youth Volunteer Corps

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka kicks off a Month of Service for youth volunteers on July 1.  Youth ages 11 – 18 are invited to serve on a variety of projects planned and supervised by YVC at several local nonprofits.

“We are encouraging youth in Shawnee County to spend a portion of their summer vacation making a difference in their community,” said Kim Ribelin, director of YVC of Greater Topeka. “They will be joining forces with thousands of other youth volunteers throughout the country who will be serving with Youth Volunteer Corps this summer.

Youth will serve primarily in the mornings from 9 a.m. to noon on various days of the week at local organizations. There are 13 volunteer opportunities with approximately 230 spaces available, but many youth choose to serve on multiple projects. It is estimated that the youth collectively will donate almost 9,000 hours at the completion of summer projects. Limited space is available on some projects, so youth are encouraged to sign up quickly.

YVC will partner with Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority to offer a How to Ride clinic at a kickoff event at the United Way offices (1315 SW Arrowhead Road) so that youth are able to take advantage of free bus rides to get to volunteering opportunities.

Interested youth may email YVC@unitedwaytopeka.org or call (785) 228-5123 for more information.

Projects include:

July 1 Kickoff Event at United Way July 20 AM – Weeding and planting at Ensley Gardens with Keep America Beautiful
July 2 Beautification of Fiesta Entrance with Oakland NIA July 20 PM – Helping with learning activities at KS Children’s Discovery Center
July 8 Sanitizing & organizing playroom with Parents as Teachers July 22 Stenciling warnings on storm drains with Keep America Beautiful
July 10 Packing food boxes with Harvesters July 24 Packing food boxes with Harvesters
July 12 Helping at the ReStore for Habitat for Humanity July 26 Helping at the ReStore for Habitat for Humanity
July 16 Trail Clearing at the Stone Nature Preserve with The Villages July 29 Beautifying the grounds at Topeka Civic Theatre
July 18 Trail Clearing at the Stone Nature Preserve with The Villages July 31 Stenciling warnings on storm drains with Keep America Beautiful

 Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka’s mission is to promote a lifetime commitment to service among youth by offering volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on Saturdays, after school, in school and during the summer. YVC of Greater Topeka is one of nearly 30 affiliates of Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City and is sponsored by United Way of Greater Topeka.

United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to create positive sustainable change in our community. By focusing on education, income and health, we help more children graduate and get stable jobs, help families become financially stable and improve the overall health of our community. United Way remains dedicated to Basic Needs including food, shelter, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence.  For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $105 million into the community.