Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Brianna
From left to right: Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; Bob Paulson, YFS Foundation Treasurer; JC Joyce, Scheels Store Leader; Kristen Sampson, Scheels Assistant Store Leader
On Friday, December 13, JC Joyce and Kristen Sampson from Scheels All Sports in Rapid City, SD dropped by Youth & Family Services’ facility at 120 E. Adams Street to deliver a special gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the services and programming that Youth & Family Services provides to more than 12,000 children and families throughout 24 counties in western South Dakota each year.
Scheels is an employee-owned, privately held business that owes its consistent success to its empowered associates, managers, and partners who think and make decisions for their individual store and the entire company. Scheels prides itself on giving back to the local communities. In 2008, Scheels gave back more than 10% of its profits to local charities and local non-profit organizations.
Scheels has been an ally of Youth & Family Services for years, supporting both of the agencies two major fundraising events, the YFS Kids Fair and the YFS Diamonds and Denim Dinner Theatre.
Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Brianna
Santa’s elves aren’t the only toymakers who have been busy in their workshop handcrafting items for good little girls and boys. Members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association (RCWA) have been busy making more than 2,200 toys for children in area programs, including children in Youth & Family Services Head Start and Boys Health programs. RCWA members delivered more than 700 handmade wooden toys to children at YFS on Tuesday, December 10.
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.
Connie Olson, YFS Development Director, stated that YFS is excited about the toys they will be receiving for YFS Head Start and Boys Health children. “The excitement in the children’s voices and the looks on their faces when they receive these hand-crafted toys is a truly heart-warming experience. For some of these children, this could be the only gift they receive this Christmas. We are truly thankful that for the generosity and support we receive from the RCWA.”
Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Brianna
Kiddos from YFS Rapid City Head Start’s Monkey Room proudly show off their new hats and gloves.
51 children from Youth & Family Services Rapid City Head Start Program received warm hats and gloves on Tuesday, December 10.
The Laureate Beta Sorority has donated hats and mittens to YFS Rapid City Head Start for several years. The women in the group enjoy giving the children the items that will keep them warm during the cold months. After all the children receive their gifts, they sing a song for the members of the group to wish them a happy holiday.
Three Laureate Beta Sorority- Madeline, Lorraine, and Dorothy, dropped by YFS’ N. Plaza Blvd. site on Tuesday, December 10 with 51 sets of hats and mittens in tow. The women lined up the hats and gloves on a table and helped each child choose a set to take home to keep their ears and hands warm during the cold winter months.
Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Brianna
Youth & Family Services (YFS) is happy to announce that they have once again been selected as a partner in the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program.
For many families with children, the need for a new pair of shoes is an exciting trip to store. Unfortunately, for others experiencing financial hardship, new shoes simply aren’t in the cards.
Through Payless ShoeSource’s signature giving program, Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids, the organization has been able to provide more than $1.5 million in new shoes to children in need through nonprofit partners, such as Youth & Family Services.
YFS recently received 75 gift cards from Payless ShoeSource to be used to purchase a new pair of shoes for children enrolled in YFS programs. Children, with their parents and a YFS Family Services Specialist, will be able to take their cards to a local Payless retailer, select a pair of shoes for $20 or less, and take them home at no cost to their families.
This year, the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program received more than 800 applications and distributed more than $1.5 million worth of free shoes to children in need across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Latin America.
Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Brianna
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 6 – 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 12,000 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 341-7201 or email her at email@example.com.
Last updated 12/13/13 at 5 p.m.
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