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RC Woodworkers Deliver Hand-Crafted Toys

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Brianna

Woodworkers unloading the hand-crafted toys at Youth & Family Services.

Woodworkers unloading the hand-crafted toys at Youth & Family Services.

Santa’s elves weren’t the only toy makers handcrafting items for good little girls and boys! For the seventh year in a row, members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association (RCWA) spent the last year working on more than 2,500 toys for children in area programs, including children in Youth & Family Services (YFS) Head Start programs. On Tuesday, Dec. 9 members from the RCWA delivered 651 handmade wooden toys to the YFS facility at 1920 Plaza Blvd.

The children were absolutely thrilled with these toys and play commenced immediately!

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Darcie Decker, YFS’ Director of Community Outreach stated, “The looks on the children’s faces when they received these hand-crafted toys was truly heart-warming experience. We are so thankful for the generosity and support we receive from the RCWA.”

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The mission of the RCWA is to promote woodworking safety, skills, and knowledge for the amateur, professional, and student craftsperson. The RCWA was formed to meet the needs of the woodworkers in the Rapid City area.

 

YFS Receives Grant For Father-Focused Programs

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Brianna

Pictured left to right: Deanna Lien, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member; Burke Eilers, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Counseling Center; John Gordon, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Fatherhood First program; Peg Seljeskog, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member; and Dr. Charles Hart, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member.

Pictured left to right: Deanna Lien, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member; Burke Eilers, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Counseling Center; John Gordon, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Fatherhood First program; Peg Seljeskog, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member; and Dr. Charles Hart, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member.

On December 5, two staff members from Youth & Family Services accepted a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Black Hills Community Foundation.

John Gordon, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Fatherhood First program and Burke Eilers, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Counseling Center accepted the donation which will be used to support both YFS’ Fatherhood First program as well as YFS’ Mentoring, Encouraging, and Nurturing Dads (MEND) program. The funds were granted through South Dakota Community Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant Program.

YFS’ Fatherhood First is an innovative program designed to educate families, staff and the community about the importance of fathers in the lives of children through a hands-on curriculum. The YFS Fatherhood First program allows fathers to fully understand and embrace the vital role they play in their children’s lives.

YFS’ MEND program works to assist fathers who are separated from their families by teaching them to communicate, engage, and align with their children, even during times of physical separation. YFS’ MEND program is open to community members as well as fathers of children enrolled in YFS programs.

Classic Hits Q 92-3, SHE 106-3, and Community Members Team Up to Help Bring Holiday Joy to Children

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Brianna

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As the holiday season approaches, two local radio stations are bringing it upon themselves to help create magical memories for girls enrolled in YFS Girls Inc.’s program. Classic Hits Q 92-3 and SHE 106-3 are enlisting the help their listeners to try and fulfill the holiday wishes of these girls.

Staff members at the Duhamel Broadcasting stations are urging community members to come down to 518 St. Joseph St. and pick up a card with the name, age, and gift wish of child. Community members are then asked to purchase the gift, wrap it, and bring it back to the station with card. YFS staff members will deliver the gifts to the girls the week of Christmas. Q 92-3 and SHE 106-3 have been collecting gifts for YFS Girls Inc. members for years.

What a special way to spread some holiday cheer to children in our community!

Hits 102.7 and YFS are collecting clothes for kiddos in need!

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Brianna

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Hits 102.7 and YFS are collecting clothing items for children in need! This Giving Back To Basics program was launched on November 18 and will be running through December 19!

Drop boxes have been placed at Black Hills Harley Davidson, Kmart, Shopko, and Walmart (Stumer Road). To participate, all you must do is purchase clothing items listed above and drop the items in one of the drop boxes. Items will be collected and distributed to children in need who are enrolled in YFS programs!

YFS Needs Volunteers for Holiday Gift Wrapping Booth!

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2014 by Brianna

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The Exchange Club of Rapid City is once again sponsoring the gift wrapping booth for Youth & Family Services in the Rushmore Mall during the month of December! Shoppers will be able to stop by the booth and have their holiday purchases wrapped for a nominal fee. All proceeds will be supporting the programs of YFS.

The wrapping station is located in the North Wing near Hallmark Gold Crown store and will be open during the Rushmore Mall shopping hours from December 5 – December 24. All types of volunteer shifts are still available from morning to evening, and even weekends!

“The gift wrapping booth is not only a fun and festive way to provide a holiday service to the community, but it is also a fundraising project that– for several years now– has helped support the programs and services provided by YFS to more than 13,000 children and families throughout western South Dakota. By volunteering your time at this year’s gift wrapping booth, you can expect to have some fun, meet new people, help wrap gifts, and share a little holiday cheer with shoppers,” says Darcie Decker, YFS Director of Community Outreach.

If you’re interested in volunteering at this year’s gift wrap, please call Darcie Decker at 342-4195 or email her at ddecker@youthandfamilyservices.org.