Project of the Year: YVC of Ann Arbor

YMCA Growing Hope, 7-22-14.

Each year, youth volunteer on thousands of different projects with YVC across the U.S. and Canada. From soup kitchens to city parks, animal shelters to retirement homes, there are tons of project options.

This year we launched a new award for the Project of the Year to honor the most creative, engaging and impactful of these projects across the YVC network.

YMCA Growing Hope, 7-22-14.Congratulations to YVC of Ann Arbor for the 2014 Project of the Year!

This summer they worked with Growing Hope, a local nonprofit that helps people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.

Each week over the summer, a group of 10 Youth Volunteers served at Growing Hope. They planted seeds early in the summer, and by the end of the summer, they were able to harvest their produce.

Youth spent a couple hours harvesting food from the farm, then they would transfer the food to the local farmers market to sell. One participant said, “It was really nice to see where all the food from the farmers market comes from.”

Youth were able to see their impact immediately while also getting a behind-the-scenes look at how food gets to their tables. They learned all kinds of things, from gardening skills to healthy eating habits.

You can see more about YVC of Ann Arbor in their Spotlight.

The 2014 Project of the Year was announced during the Award Ceremony at the YVC Summit. Meet the other award winners announced at the Summit: Affiliate of the Year, Program Director of the Year and Milestone Awards.