The Nonprofit Center will host the 11th Teens Make a Difference Day will be October 27. Teens Make a Difference is a way to get Teens involved and let them learn about nonprofit agencies. Last year, Teens completed 86 projects throughout the community, including:
o Iowa Park teens collected toiletry items for their local senior citizens
o Painted soccer goals, home plate and fencing for Children's Aid Society
o Assembled diaper bag kits at Community Health Care Center
o Cleaned at Faith Mission
o Spent quality time with senior citizens at Royal Estates
o Picked up trash at Lucy Park
o Planted flowers, cleaned up and walked dogs at the Humane Society
o Assembled and installed bird houses at Lake Arrowhead State Park
In 2011, Teens Make a Difference Day had more than 2,200 volunteers take part by volunteering to carry out projects at area nonprofit agencies. This event was planned to get "teens" involved in volunteering and create a new generation of volunteers for years to come. It is found that young people that volunteer are more likely to continue as adults.
The need for volunteers is great and the Center is trying to meet this need.
Each teen receives a T-shirt, snacks, lunch and a job to complete. Teens will assemble at their nonprofit project site. Each nonprofit will explain the purpose of the agency before Teens start work. Following completion of the project the teens go to Boys and Girls Club where they have pizza and drinks, and drawings for prizes.
The center is expecting more than 2,500 teens this year. This is the eleventh year for the project and we have seen growth each year. The first year there were 365 volunteers completing 17 projects. In 2011, over 2,200 Teens completed 86 projects.