YLS Volunteers Join the Club
By Bob Gosman, YLS Communications Chair, Public Communications Inc.
At 6-foot-4, YLS volunteer committee member Tyler Guth is used to having people look up at him. His height, though, has never been much of an asset when he’s playing hoops.
“I’ve always been tall but terrible at basketball,” he said.
Not to the kids in the Off The Street Club. Guth and a group of YLS members volunteered their time and spent the evening with the kids Oct. 20 as part of the Third Thursday program. Activities included pumpkin carving, board games and yes, basketball.
“The elementary school kids thought I was actually good at basketball,” Guth said with a big smile. “Most fun game I’ve ever played in.”
The YLS members and the rest of the volunteers are treated like rock stars from the second they exit the bus. Off The Street Club, the city’s oldest boys and girls club, has been dedicated to improving children’s lives in West Garfield for more than 110 years.
The Off The Street Club Kids run up to the bus and give hugs to everyone. Then, they are bursting with excitement to begin the night’s activities.
“They really appreciate having someone take an interest in their lives,” Guth said. “It’s a chance to make a pretty big impression on someone in one day and they certainly make a big impression on you.”
Since this opportunity takes place once a month, it gives YLS members busy on the weekends a chance to volunteer during the week. On the way back to Michigan Ave., the bus drops people off at both train stations.
“This is a great group of kids,” Guth said. “It can really get you hooked on volunteering.”
The next opportunity with Off The Street Club is Nov. 17. Click here for more details.