Center for Family Life and Recovery

Agency:  Center for Family Life and Recovery

Volunteer Projects:   Rescue Mission’s Walk a Mile in My Shoes, America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk, Aids Hike for Life, Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up, Graffiti Busters Mural Project, Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Recovery Family Event, Buddy Walk, Making Strides to end Breast Cancer Walk, Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up

Summary:  On Saturday February 8, 2014, youth volunteers from the Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program (YSLPP) participated in the Rescue Mission’s Walk a Mile in My Shoes Walk. YSLPP had the largest group of participants.

Saturday March 1, 2014, a large number (96) youth volunteers from the Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program (YSLPP) participated in Utica’s version of America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk. Prior to walking in the event, the youth volunteers raised close to $1,000 for the American Heart Association. This has been an annual event for YSLPP. The event has been one of YSLPP’s most popular volunteer initiatives, because many of their family members have been affected by heart disease.

On Sunday April 27, 2014, YSLPP youth volunteers participated in the Aids Hike for Life Walk at Hamilton College. Prior to the event the youth volunteers raised and donated money for the cause. The YSLPP group won the award for the most participants; they have received the award many times.

On Sunday May 4, 2014, YSLPP youth volunteers volunteered their time and cleaned yards for senior citizens in Oneida County’s 6th Annual Intergenerational Spring Clean-Up.

On two dates, one in July and one in August, youth volunteers worked with adult volunteers from the Parkway Recreation Center to paint over graffiti and create two new friendly pleasant murals.

YSLPP youth volunteers participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide on Saturday September 6, 2014. The youth volunteers raised and donated money to the cause as well. The youth commented that they felt empathy toward those people who had lost someone to suicide, especially when they released balloons in the air to remember loved ones who have passed from suicide.

Sunday September 14, 2014, YSLPP youth volunteers participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. YSLPP had one of the largest groups to participate, raised over $400 for the event and so enjoyed themselves that they plan to make this an annual event. The youth felt good about themselves because they raised money to help find a cure.

On Saturday September 27, 2014, youth volunteers participated in the Recovery Family Event at the Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) Utica Campus. The event was a partnership with the Center for Family Life and Recovery, Leadership Mohawk Valley and MVCC.

Sunday October 5, 2014, YSLPP youth volunteers participated in the Buddy Walk to raise awareness of Down Syndrome and promote acceptance in the community and society through inclusion. Prior to the event the youth volunteers raised $250 that they donated to the National Down Syndrome Society.

YSLPP youth volunteers participated in the Making Strides to End Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday October 19, 2014. This was the largest number of YSLPP youth volunteers (102) to participate in any fundraising walks.

YSLPP youth volunteers volunteered their time and cleaned senior citizen’s yards on Sunday October 26, 2014 in Oneida County’s 5th Annual Intergenerational Fall Clean-Up.

Youth Volunteers:  413                                                            Volunteer Hours:  40.5