Teaming Up for Evanston YWCA

On Saturday, September 15th, North Shore United Way and Wabash College Alumni Association teamed up for a service project for YWCA Evanston/North Shore, a United Way Community Partner. It was a gorgeous day; clear, bright, and sunny. This perfect outdoor weather made for a cheerful backdrop for the volunteers as they cleared brush, removed shrubs and vines off old fences, and performed various landscaping duties that helped to beautify the YWCA’s grounds. It was an honor for me to represent and promote the United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS), and I had a lot of fun meeting new people from the Wabash College Alumni Association. Boyce Evans, Wabash College Class of 2008, proudly explained his volunteer efforts with fellow alumni on Wabash Day, “Wabash College’s national day of community service, in which current students, alumni, family and friends partake in service projects that give back to their local communities.” It was also my first time meeting Jessica Vlahogiannis, Program Manager at North Shore United Way. We were able to connect personally and share our wonderful experiences with United Way. Although Jessica and I did not get our hands “dirty,” per se, we did go outside and serve the volunteers light refreshments of cupcakes and cold water. It was nice to give them a small treat and a chance to rest as they were out there breaking a sweat for a good cause. I have been volunteering with various organizations since I was a candy striper at a local hospital in high school (SIGH…many moons ago…) and I can speak from personal experience in saying that if volunteers feel appreciated and have a positive and enjoyable experience, they will likely come back for more. By the end of the day, it was clear the volunteers from the Wabash College Alumni Association had made a huge difference. And I’m not just talking in terms of the aesthetic improvement of the landscape, but as Trimmy Stamell, YWCA Events and Special Project Manager, put it, “Volunteers are invaluable as they help save money, and the money can be put back into programs for women’s empowerment and racial justice.” Thanks again to the Wabash College Alumni Association for all of their help. We look forward to partnering with you again in the future and hopefully seeing some of you at other YLS events, to learn more about opportunities on how you can directly impact your community. Post submitted on behalf of Antoinette C. Tiu,  YLS Communications Committee Member.

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