Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The typical image of students on spring break revolves around hitting the beach and partying, but for some local spring break volunteers, it’s all about giving up time to help others.
This week, about 300 local students are using their time off to help out with the United Way’s 19th annual Youth Days of Caring.
Spring break is a time for kids to cut loose and relax, but these middle and high school students are using their time off to give back to the community.
Volunteer Jason Arenas says, “Volunteering is fun to me…right now we’re washing windows. We’re watching these little kids look up to us…It’s not all about having fun and going out and partying.”
Volunteer Mary White says, “It’s a lot of fun. You get to meet interesting people…you get to do interesting things.
Almost 300 students signed up for the United Way Youth Days of Caring. For the next week, these students are working with various nonprofit organizations painting, assisting adults with disabilities, and teaching kids about history.
Danielle Ricklefs of the Museum of World Treasures says, “They’re just amazing. They will help out in any capacity. They’re enthusiastic to be here.”
“The important thing to do is find something you love. If you love sports, go out and help a sports team; if you love art, go help a museum. Just do whatever you love and find a passion for it,” says Ricklefs.
Students are also volunteering at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Starwoods Outdoor Center, and the United Way’s Give Item of Value Warehouse.