WAYS TO GET INVOLVED & MAKE A DIFFERENCE
There are so many ways to give back from advocacy, volunteering, mentoring to donations. We work hard to provide the children of our communities with the help they need through services that range from therapy, school-based, to residential programs. We would not be able to continue our work if it were not for people like you. Thank you!
Volunteering can be therapeutic for you and be a great help to the organization. You can give back through helping out in array of areas
The Youth Bridge mentor program is a great way to give back to community families.
Provide professional support
Find out what you can do to become part of the team.
Become involved in the Community Council to help make a difference.
Gift a Need
We’re sure you will find one that’s rewarding; and, you will know that your generosity will make a difference in the lives of our youth.
(individual, groups, or corporate teams)
Youth Bridge depends on the generous commitment of so many volunteers to support our children at the Children’s Campus and in our outpatient counseling services. There are many ways that individuals, groups or corporate teams can volunteer: maintenance of homes, holiday meals and giving, school supply campaigns, art projects, team building for children, office and administrative tasks, event committees, mentoring, fundraising, donor thank you cards and much more.
For a full listing of current volunteering needs, we refer people to Volunteer Match and you can call 479-575-9471 to inquire. Please complete the online application.
Youth mentoring is a consistent, prosocial relationship between an adult or older peer and one or more youth that supports the positive development of youth. Grounded in evidence-based practice the goal of the program is to reduce juvenile delinquency for children and youth who are at-risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.
Youth Bridge plans anywhere from one to two major events a year and recruits volunteers to participate through committees such as fundraising, auction items, marketing and communication, logistics and volunteer recruitment. For more information on how to become involved with a committee, please contact Nancy Hairston at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Youth Bridge Auxilary provides for the special needs of the Children’s Campus from organizing birthdays, fulfilling Christmas wish lists, Adopt-a-Room efforts, back to school drives and outings. To learn more please contact Nancy Hairston @ email@example.com
Youth Bridge depends on private contributions from individuals, companies, churches, civic groups and foundations to help offset the anual operating budget. Sponsorships for events and programs are key to sustainability and without the generosity of sponsors, Youth Bridge would be unable to operate to its fullest capacity. For more information, please contact Nancy Hairston at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Bridge seeks out qualified team members for various part-time and full time positions.
The purpose of the Community Council is to have engaged stakeholders become involved in improving and recommending needed services. These stakeholders can be the voice for the children we serve by being advocates for the organization to improve community awareness and by helping the community understand the specific needs of the children in crisis. Youth Bridge uses community input and ideas to improve services and agency practices. For more information on how to become involved with the council, please contact Nancy Hairston at email@example.com
Gift a Need
GENERAL NEEDS LIST
At most of our facilities we have ongoings need:
- School, office and art supplies, housewares (plates, glassware, dish towels, cooking and eating utensils, etc.), cleaning and laundry supplies and products (detergent, mops, brooms, etc.), bath towel sets, bedding, throw rugs, and decorative pillows.
- Clothing for interviews, undergarments, shoes, socks, hoodies, sweaters (neutral colors, all sizes boys and girls), men’s belts, large and extra-large jackets, hygiene products (hair care products, deodorant, etc.), make-up, and haircuts.
- Board games, recreational and exercise equipment, gift cards for outings, recreational activities and events.
Financial donations are always appreciated and may be used as:
- DISCETIONARY FUNDING for expenses associated with general and ongoing needs to implement programs and provide services to youth and their families.
- EDUCATIONAL FUNDING for text books, educational materials, magazines and DVDs (in English & Spanish), school supplies, scholarship funding for clients excelling in the standard curriculum, college and technical school tuition.
- TECHNOLOGY FUNDING for computers, printers, printer cartridges, telephones, and related supplies, equipment and to pay for services.
- ACTIVITIES FUNDING for outings to cultural and sporting events, movies and concerts, bowling, skating, or community events and activities.
- Volunteers are needed to make repairs to residential homes, power wash and paint exterior of facilities, build a privacy fence around a recreation area, remodel interior to add a classroom and a computer room, clean or replace carpet, grounds maintenance, picnic tables and chairs, a new TV and DVD player.
- Jump ropes, punching bag, boxing gloves, basketball goals, ping pong table, inspirational artwork, gas and hotel certificates for families who live far away to visit and have family sessions, recovery literature (NA and AA books, meditation books), stamps for clients to write their families, prepaid cell phones, caffeine free sodas used for behavior incentives, and a van or SUV for transporting clients to school, outings, and appointments.
- Computers, telephones, new furniture (tables, chairs, sofa, artwork, lamps, etc.) are needed for three offices, a waiting room, and a client group room. Funds are needed to purchase educational DVDs (in English & Spanish) on substance abuse, anger management, bullying, parenting and life skills; a large white erase board for the client group room and several smaller white erase boards for individual offices.