We give this time of year because we are feeling festive and in the philanthropic spirit, and so we pass it along and pay it forward. We give because we recognize at this time of year, as we are buying presents and celebrating, that some people aren’t, and we want to help. We give because it is the end of the year, we’ve reviewed our assets and see that we have abundance in our lives and we can afford to donate. We give because it’s what you are supposed to do. Also, charitable giving is still tax deductible. We give because we love to do it and it makes us feel good. No matter what your reason, Youth Services counts on your generosity!
Youth Services is seeking referrals of youth, ages 14-17, in need of extra support and career mentoring at Brattleboro Union High School and Bellows Falls Union High this year. RAMP meets once a week to connect students with professionals for career-focused mentoring and to encourage them to remain in school and set goals (Brattleboro typically meets after school on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm in the TIC conference room, and Bellows Falls meets during Terrier Time on Mondays.) Contact Susan Lawson Kelleher.
In the interest of serving more children in Vermont with mentors, Youth Services transitioned its successful Big Brothers Big Sisters program into a statewide organization named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermont with Youth Services’ previous Director of Mentoring, Kimberley Diemond, its Executive Director. Youth Services underwent a year-long process, with milestones, guided by a transition committee.To volunteer, call Big Brothers Big Sisters at (802) 257-0361, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bbbsvt.org.