MLK Day with YVC of Greater Kansas City

Here at YVC Headquarters, we wish that we could visit every single YVC project happening all over the YVC network all the time. We love hearing about the incredible things that youth are doing in their communities through YVC programs all over the U.S. and Canada, and we’d love to witness them all. But since we haven’t invented a time machine or teleporter yet, we can only visit one project at any given time.

Since we’re located in Kansas City, this week we spent MLK Day with YVC of Greater Kansas City serving on some of their projects. The staff at YVC Headquarters split up to visit as many of YVCKC’s MLK Day projects as possible.

David started his morning bright and early helping serve breakfast to homeless people at Hope Faith Ministries. A team of Youth Volunteers served dozens of meals and then got to hang out with the same homeless people they just served.

Darcy spent the first part of her day at This and That Thrift Store, working alongside a team of Youth Volunteers to organize a thrift shop that supports an organization helping pregnant teens. They organized shoes, toys, home décor and more while of course having some fun along the way!

In the afternoon, she headed over to Harvesters, the local food bank, to serve with another group of Youth Volunteers. They sorted food donations and filled backpacks with food to ensure that kids who receive free lunches at school will have healthy food throughout the weekend.

Tracy served at Coalition for Independence alongside a group of youth to help this organization that aims to help people of all abilities remain independent as long as possible. The group tackled a variety of projects, from rewiring an electric wheelchair (yes, a 16-year-old Youth Volunteer did that!), adapting toys for children of all abilities to play with them and sewing up holes in weighted blankets. They were able to see the insides of some battery-operated toys and learn how they work while also ensuring that children of different abilities get the chance to play with them.

I (Lacey) got to spend my morning at the Humane Society working with about 10 youth, helping with general shelter maintenance and then hanging out with the cats. We all had a great time and were sad to have to leave our new kitty friends!

I was excited to spend my afternoon at the Down Syndrome Guild helping them prepare for some upcoming dances for members of the community affected by Down syndrome. We had some incredible volunteers on this project that helped us get a TON done for this organization.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who served on MLK Day projects throughout the country, and thanks to YVCKC for letting the YVC staff tag along to your projects!

Did you serve in honor of MLK Day? We would love to hear how your project went! Email any stories or photos to Lacey at lhelmig@yvc.org.