Hanover Township Youth and Family Services Department:
At Youth and Family Services, volunteers collaborate with staff and community members and share their unique skills, talents, and experiences with youth and others in the community. We are looking for volunteers in the following areas: Open Gym, fundraising events, EarthTeam, and intergenerational dances for teens and senior citizens.
Your time commitment as a volunteer depends on your availability. Volunteers must be at least 16 and must pass a background check. Contact Amanda Teachout, Volunteer Coordinator & Prevention Specialist, by phone at (630) 483-5799 or by email at email@example.com for more information.
Open Gym is a 15-year-old program for youth that provides them with recreational, educational, and social activities, homework help, and physical fitness, leadership, and skills-building trainings. We look to our volunteers to teach their unique skills and talents to the youth in the program. During the school year Open Gym is after school until 6:00p.m. Open Gym also takes place during summer, winter, and spring breaks during the day or evening.
Fundraisers help to support Youth and Family Services programs and services. In April 2010, we held our first successful Rummage Sale to raise funds for the Open Gym Program. We will have another in the fall of 2010. We will need volunteers to help organize, advertise, and run the event. We are also looking for donated items to sell.
EarthTeam is a group of teens who work with community leaders in forest preserves and make natural habitats in Hanover Township. EarthTeam's mission is to create a new generation of environmental leaders by introducing into the classroom and the community environmental experiences that are so active and engaging that they inspire dedication to a healthy environment.
The next dance for teens and senior citizens is Thursday, May 13 from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m. at Hanover Township Senior Center. Volunteers help plan and run the dances. In the past, dances have featured seniors and teens dancing to a mix of oldies and the latest hits. Throughout the dance prizes are raffled off that are donated by local businesses.