Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka Celebrates Five Years

News Release                                                                            

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    March 21, 2014

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Kim Ribelin | United Way of Greater Topeka | 785-273-4804  

Topeka, Kan. – Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka is celebrating five years of transformational youth volunteer projects. The youth service program, hosted by United Way of Greater Topeka, offers volunteer opportunities for nearly 50 youth every year.

“Our Youth Volunteers have accomplished so much in the five years YVC has been in the Greater Topeka community,” said Miriam Krehbiel, President and CEO United Way of Greater Topeka. “They have had a profound impact on their community, and this service has in turn transformed them.”

Last year 54 youth served a total of 726 volunteer hours with YVC of Greater Topeka, helping out at places such as food banks, community centers, retirement homes, the humane society, parks and more.

“YVC of Greater Topeka has impacted the youth of Topeka and the community itself greatly over its five years of existence,” said David Battey, founder and president of YVC’s headquarters in Kansas City. “The program is a great example of the impact YVC can have in its community, and we are so proud to have them as part of the YVC family.”

YVC of Greater Topeka is celebrating its fifth anniversary throughout 2014 with projects during the school year and a structured summer volunteer program. Currently we are planning a volunteer opportunity for Global Youth Service Day on April 12, our regularly scheduled Saturday volunteering on April 19 and laying the ground work for our Summer of Service activities.

Topeka High School junior Elena Blum served on Youth Volunteer Corps’ first-ever international Youth Advisory Board and represented Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka on an international level. A promotional video created by members of the Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka won a national YVC competition including $500 in awards.

For more information how to get involved, see: www.unitedwaytopeka.org/volunteer/yvc/

Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Topeka’s mission is create and increase volunteer opportunities to enrich youth, address community needs and develop a lifetime commitment to service. The program offers volunteer projects for youth ages 11 to 18 on weekends, after school and during the summer. Hosted by United Way of Greater Topeka, YVC of Greater Topeka is one of more than 30 affiliates of Youth Volunteer Corps, headquartered in Kansas City. 42 youth served 632 hours with YVC of Greater Topeka during the last program year. Find more information at www.unitedwaytopeka.org/volunteer/yvc/