We are excited to announce several new partnerships that we have developed within the community. Our goal in creating these partnerships is twofold: to support organizations needing extra hands and volunteers, and to allow our YADC participants to obtain community service hours through volunteering and learning more about resources in the community.
Recently, we have developed 4-to-6-week programs with Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and with Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Participants have an opportunity to see what happens at these organizations from the inside, out through meeting with Volunteer Coordinators, Directors, and other staff. In addition to supporting the practical efforts of the organization, participants become more familiar with the broader social issues being addressed and intended outcomes. Finally, through a structured interview, participants learn about organization staff members' educational histories, personal accomplishments and barriers, and what their work environments are like.
Other locations for YADC service have included: Edison Neighborhood Association Spring Into The Streets event; Kalamazoo Gospel Mission kitchen service; Kalamazoo Gospel Mission Rescued Treasures store; leadership development training through Pretty Lake Adventure Centre; and Kalamazoo Humane Society.
We are always looking for new ways to volunteer--please contact our Program Assistant if you are interested in having a group volunteer with your organization or event!
Participants of YADC, community members with an interest in restorative and therapeutic justice or diversion programs, and YADC staff are encouraged to write posts to be submitted to the blog. Anyone is welcome to inquire as to the process of becoming published.
Please contact us if you would like us to post something on the website!