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Second Harvest Food Bank
Thank you for your donations! We were able to contribute over 1,000 pounds of food items to the Second Harvest Food Bank in conjunction with the “What We’re Thankful 4 Miler & 3 K Walk” held Thanksgiving morning. There are many people in our community who are benefiting from your generosity this year!
As you enter the Davis Y, you will notice two large boxes. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve are collecting toys for children in need. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be made until 11:30 am, Thursday, December 8.
We have a new program at the Davis Family Y called Togetherhood®. This is the YMCA’s signature program for its commitment to Social Responsibility. It is a volunteer-driven program dedicated to planning and executing four service projects per year.
What is Togetherhood?
Making Kids Count Holiday Diaper Drive
Our YMCA Togetherhood committee will be hosting a Diaper Drive through a partnership with the nonprofit organization, Making Kids Count, in hopes of collecting 3,000 diapers. Making Kids Count is involved with numerous programs aimed at providing help to those that need it most, ranging from their diaper bank to an after school tutoring program and their Kindergarten art program.
A collection display for the Diaper Drive will be located in the lobby area of the Davis Family YMCA beginning December 1st and will remain there until the end of the month. Any size or quantity of diapers is welcomed for donation. If you’d like to volunteer in a different way, Making Kids Count is looking for help to bundle the diapers together at their “warehouse” facility. From there, the diapers will be dispersed to a group of Making Kids Count Partnership Agencies where they will be distributed to families in need. Some of the charities that the diapers will be donated to are Mahoning County Children Services, Planned Parenthood, and Neighborhood Ministries. A full list of partnership agencies can be found on the Making Kids Count website at MakingKidsCount.org.
Project team leader, Debbie Marauskin says, “We’re supporting the Diaper Drive with Making Kids count to help fill a need to our most vulnerable in the community.” The purchase of diapers is not supported by government assistance programs, often leading to the inability of families to purchase this necessary item.
If you’d like to meet people, discover engaging activities and experience a deep sense of belonging and pride in your community, consider joining us for Togetherhood. If you’d like to be involved with Togetherhood, or future Togetherhood projects, contact Chris Hughes at 330-480-5655 or [email protected] The group is re-electing committee members for the 2017 calendar year in early January, so now is the perfect time to join. Committee members serve a one-year term during which they help plan and carry out at least one of four service projects.
Monthly Mobile Food Pantry
Date: Tuesday December 20th
Time: 3:15-5 pm
Location: Taft Elementary School (730 E Avondale Ave Youngstown, OH 44502)
Project: Monthly Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteers will sign in families and assist them with getting their groceries to their cars.
If you can spare two hours and want to join us as a volunteer, please contact Chris Hughes at the YMCA 330-480-5655 or email her at [email protected]
The Mobile Food Pantry provides groceries to Taft Elementary School families the third Tuesday of each month. This is a collaboration of United Way of the Mahoning Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Chris Hughes, Aquatic Director, at 330-480-5655 or [email protected]