Say Y.E.S.: volunteer for the Hamburg community
Thursday July 4, 2013 | By:Alicia Greco, The Sun staff reporter |
The Hamburg Y.E.S. Program is a Youth Engagement Service that has been prominent and growing exponentially for 20 years.
It started out as a part of the Diocese of Hamburg and was eventually picked up by the town allowing it to grow into what it is today.
Beverly Preischel, Y.E.S. Coordinator, spoke highly of the students involved and why the program is beneficial to the community.
The students, grades 6-12, are required to be in the Hamburg district. A newsletter comes out covering two consecutive months. The students have one week to look it over and pick and choose the services that they are most interested in.
The services involved include working with children, elderly and those with special needs. Service also includes volunteering for local events that require assistance, such as Burger Fest.
Some of the service activities include and are not nearly limited to Rosewood Nursing Home; Penn Dixie Educational Center face-painting; Wednesday night challenger baseball games where students are paired with a special needs student; students will organize a clothes closet of donated clothes.
“They’re kids that are real go-getters,” said Preischel. “The students that volunteer, we hope they will become adults who volunteer.”
She made it clear that this program has more focus than just community service. It is a leadership builder as well. Preischel orchestrates the program in a way that reflects a job, so the students involved will learn about the necessities and responsibilities of maturity such as time management and communication.
At the moment, Preischel has a mailing list of around 200, and it is growing. However, no need to feel discouraged that your help is not needed. She is actively looking and accepting volunteer efforts from students.
The next newsletter will be out for Sept./Oct. If you would like to join e-mail Beverly Preischel at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 826-2228. The Youth Buerau is located at Woodlawn Beach however, this coming fall it will be relocated to the Frontier Community Learning Center.
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