Celebrating Our Volunteers!
Join us in celebrating National Volunteer Month with the invaluable contributions our volunteers make each and everyday! We’re honored to highlight just a few of the ways that volunteers make an impact at KYC throughout the year, and to share some words of gratitude from our staff.
Board of Directors
The volunteer leadership of our Board of Directors supports the strategic vision and leadership of our agency, ensuring our ability to support our community throughout the year.
“Our Board of Directors are strategic, compassionate, and generous leaders in our community, dedicating countless hours to ensure KYC’s ability to serve our community now and for decades to come. We couldn’t do this work without them!” — Grace Hong Duffin, President and Chief Executive Officer
KYC is honored for the work of our invaluable volunteer committees, who help with strategic initiatives, special events, fundraising, and more.
If you are interested in learning more about KYC or helping us engage with our communities, joining a volunteer committee is a wonderful way to do that. Learn more about how you can get involved today!
“We are incredibly grateful for our Development and 5K Committees who share their creativity with KYC! These dedicated volunteers engage the community in the critical work we do together – THANK YOU for all you do as thoughtful, kind, and impactful advocates!” — KYC’s Development and Communications Team
Meals On Wheels
Kenneth Young Center’s Home Delivered Meals program provides nutritious meals for seniors who are home-bound because of recent illness, hospitalization, or disability, or who require a special diet and are unable to prepare regular meals for themselves.
Volunteers bring nutritious meals, friendship, and wellness checks to house-bound seniors in our community, and we’re grateful for the impact they make by giving their time to this critical program.
We’re actively seeking volunteers to help older adults remain as independent as possible in their own homes. To learn more about how you can volunteer to make a difference, please click here!
Celebrating Just a Few of Our Amazing Meals Volunteers!
“Margaret Mead said once ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’ That’s what our meals volunteers do, they change the lives of our older adults. The amount of dedication they show to their clients and to KYC is astonishing. Our meals volunteers clean coolers, circle back around to drop off food to clients even after their route is done, and answer my late night texts asking to cover routes at the last minute. I am, and forever will be, grateful for the amazing volunteers we have.”
“Frank has been volunteering with our Home Delivered Meals program for many years and has always been someone I can count on. Frank has answered late-night texts for covering a route that has opened last minute. Frank also saved a client’s life by calling 911 when he found him in his home. Frank takes volunteering to a whole new level, and I am honored to work with him on a weekly basis.”
“Scott and Jill came on as new volunteers and wanted to be substitute drivers for our Home Delivered Meals program. We were short volunteers at the time and both of them stepped up and became regular route drivers. They now volunteer twice a week! Even though Jill and Scott volunteer two times a week, if we need a route covered and they are available, they do not even hesitate to say yes.”
“Steve has been volunteering with our Home Delivered Meals program for a long time now and he never disappoints. Steve updates us on all the clients who need help and even asks what he can do! Steve actually cleans some clients’ coolers and drops them off for them. Steve says he knows the clients need his help and would be more than happy to assist. Steve also helps us hand out bags and beverages to volunteers. Nothing can stop that man!”
“Don volunteers twice a week on his lunch break for our Home Delivered Meals program. Need I say more?? Don also has been volunteering with us for a long time and is the epitome of what a great volunteer is. Don always asks how he can volunteer and help us more, even when his schedule is so busy. Don was gracious enough to switch his delivery days because another volunteer couldn’t do Fridays anymore. Don’s response ‘I want to help them out as much as I can.’ What a rock star!!!!”
“Nancy has taken numerous Home Delivered Meals delivery days and is always willing to help cover at the last minute. Nancy not only assists with Meals, but also helps with KYC’s Memory Café. Nancy also called 911 for a client who she found in the home. Nancy didn’t just drop the meal and leave; she looked through the window and found him. Nancy takes pride in her work and I enjoy every minute I spend with her.”
-Jessica Oliva, LSW; Advocacy & Support Team Lead
Wrap Around Recovery Services
Wrap Around Recovery Services supports people with mental health challenges by helping build and strengthen the skills needed to participate and thrive fully in their community. This clinical program also provides a social setting that encourages community-building amongst group members as they live, work, learn, and grow together.
Become a volunteer for our Wrap Around Recovery Services program TODAY! Help provide supplemental programming to our community members. To learn how you can make an impact, please click here!
“Emily, all of your volunteer work in groups is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your ideas with our clients. Your willingness to give your time and service is greatly appreciated.” — Marina Milicevic, MA, LCPC; Manager of Wrap Around Recovery Services
Make a Difference Today!
Our volunteer opportunities are always changing, with new opportunities available regularly. Please contact our Volunteer Services at 847−524−8800 x 182 to learn how you can make a difference, change the world, and volunteer! Visit our Volunteers Page here!
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