What I’ve Learned From Styling Homeless Youth

One of our amazing volunteers, Mellicia Marx of Poplin Style Direction, recently shared her reflections and lessons learned from providing career styling sessions for graduates of YouthCare’s Barista Training and Education Program in an article on her website.  We’ve just wrapped up a year of styling homeless youth at YouthCare. With my previous life in philanthropy, I know how… Read More of “What I’ve Learned From Styling Homeless Youth”

BNB and YouthCare Team Renovate the Orion Center

BNBuilders and several local subcontractors recently teamed up for a day of volunteer service in coordination with YouthCare, a non-profit organization providing basic services, educational resources, and emergency shelter to homeless and at-risk young people.  BNBuilders sponsored and organized the event to beautify YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center, which provides a place for learning… Read More of “BNB and YouthCare Team Renovate the Orion Center”

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer “Superstar” Ting Tells All

Two-and-a-half years and over 180 volunteer hours have brought Jennifer Ting across YouthCare’s continuum of care. She serves in a variety of ways: She’s a regular sight in the YouthCare kitchen, leading a steadfast monthly meal group at the James W. Ray Orion Center. As a fixture at YouthCare’s GED Program, she considers her weekly… Read More of “Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer “Superstar” Ting Tells All”

Volunteer Spotlight – Lessons Learned Around the Dinner Table

Like most young people, residents in YouthCare’s housing to do chores like taking out the garbage and mopping the floor; like most young people, they sometimes need a few reminders. But at YouthCare’s Catalyst Program, there is one task that needs no prodding – washing the aluminum baking pans after the weekly “Community Meeting.”  This may… Read More of “Volunteer Spotlight – Lessons Learned Around the Dinner Table”

Five Reasons We Love Volunteers

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and at YouthCare that means lots of “Thank you’s”! Last year, 1,872 volunteers donated 9,745 hours of their time. Those are impressive numbers, but they don’t begin to capture the impact that volunteers have on our work to get homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life. Here are… Read More of “Five Reasons We Love Volunteers”

YouthCare Gets Its Groups On!

What’s an even better feeling than scoring a great deal on a local restaurant? Volunteering with friends or colleagues to make a difference in your community. YouthCare started the season off right on United Way’s Day of Caring with a group of 50 volunteers from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They scrubbed YouthCare’s Orion… Read More of “YouthCare Gets Its Groups On!”