Volunteer Center to Recognize Local Youth Volunteer Efforts

The Volunteer Center of Lubbock will host the 10th Annual Celebration of Service Luncheon recognizing youth volunteers at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center banquet hall.

During the 2006/2007 Youth Connection program year, 13,521 students volunteered 168,440 hours, to support the work of more than 150 agencies, benefiting 80,000 individuals, raising $154,946.

A video presentation will highlight service activities of 30 area junior and senior high schools. Project notebooks documenting and illustrating visual accounts of the activities on each campus will be available for viewing. Monetary awards for future service projects will be presented to all schools that complete reporting requirements.

"Today, young people are making positive changes in their communities, schools and individual lives by meeting needs through direct acts of service and by supporting the efforts of nonprofit agencies," said Sharon Bass, executive director of the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. "The Celebration of Service Luncheon is about saying thank you to students and sponsors for the important role they have played in accomplishing a year of good work."

Also during the event, participants from Youth in Philanthropy will present designated funds to agencies.  Representatives from the Volunteer Center's Youth Advisory Board and United Way Youth Division will also be recognized.

This year, the Volunteer Center's Youth Connection programs have expanded to 10 area high schools in Cochran, Hockley and Terry counties.

The programs receives funding from the CH Foundation, the Helen Jones Foundation, the Diekemper Family Foundation, Lubbock Area United Way, individual contributions, and sponsorships. Tickets are $35. Reservations may be made by contacting the Volunteer Center of Lubbock at 806-747-0551 or (click here).