November has been a great month of collaboration for Youth Serve. The focus of our programming this month was bringing holiday cheer to the Adopt-A-Family participants this year. The volunteer center received 400 families that needed assistance over the holidays identified through several community organizations. The need is greater than ever. One of the activities needed to support Adopt-A-Family was to create stars with wishes on them to be placed in local businesses. The stars are a great way to reach out to individuals who want to help but cannot afford to adopt a whole family.
Youth Serve volunteers in Santa Cruz started cutting out stars and passed on half the project to Watsonville youth. At the Watsonville Volunteer Center the stars were cut, labeled with wishes and sent back to the for distribution. Some of the stars were picked up by Youth Serve Santa Cruz to be put up in the Nickelodeon and Delmar Theatre. After completing the stars project youth volunteers in Watsonville took to the streets to place Adopt-A-Family posters in areas surrounding the volunteer center. We were able to put up posters in local businesses and even peaked some interest in some store-owners to adopt a family. Others told us that they are avid supporters of the program.
The Adopt-A-Family month long project with Youth Serve was concluded with Watsonville youth volunteers adopting a family.
In addition to the month long holiday project, Youth Serve has participated in a couple other projects. Some of our volunteers helped out with Second Harvest Food Bank’s food drive collaboration with Safeway; while a few of our volunteers served dinner at the Mid-County Senior Center.