There are so many ways to become a YCS volunteer as an individual or part of a group. It’s a busy world, but we know that the smallest action can be the greatest force for change in the life of a YCS child.
Mentor – The role of a Mentor is a very special one in the life of a YCS child. By spending quality time, one on one, with a child in one of our residences, you can help him or her discover regain the ability to trust others and to believe in themselves and their future.
Join a YCS Advisory Council – Do you want to take a more active role in helping the children of YCS? Then consider joining one of our YCS Advisory Councils. Help us to provide much needed resources to help the children. Our Council volunteers give a little more of their time and talents and are more directly involved in the lives of the children of YCS.
Organize An In-Kind Drive/Back to School Drive – In late summer, children throughout New Jersey turn in their beach towels and swim fins for markers, binders and books. Their parents head off to the local store to make sure their child is prepared. Unfortunately, the families of many of the children in our residences and schools do not have the financial resources to help the children get ready for that first day. By participating in this drive, you are guaranteeing that every student will be prepared to start school
Summer Camp Drive – Many of the children come from lives filled with unhappy memories. YCS Summer Camp offers these children an opportunity to run and play in a place where their greatest worry is a skinned knee — a place where “kids can just be kids.” YCS Summer Camp gives children a chance to create new memories and restore their childhoods. This is the place where nature & nurture can come together to heal the bruised spirit in every child.
Be a Secret Santa – Calling all Secret Santa’s! While the holidays are a joyous and happy time for so many of us, they can be extremely difficult for children who are separated from their families. Once again, we need you, your colleagues, and your friends and relatives to help us make the season brighter for the children in our care.
Attend an Event – Enjoy social time spent with friends & supporters of YCS knowing that your participation is helping to insure a better future for the children of YCS.
Holiday and Special Appeals – Direct your gift to help make the dream of summer camp, give a holiday present to a special YCS child or help a YCS child experience a once in a lifetime event.
Do you have a child who would like to help?
Children Helping Children – Our “hands-on” volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, but we encourage all school children, girl scouts and eagle scouts to be involved with the children Throughout the year, there is a constant need for new arts & crafts supplies, new board games, new batteries and new clothing. Because of State health regulations- all items and clothing donated for the children must be new.To find out more information, call us at (201) 678-1312.