By Mike Varanakis, Youth Services Public Information Officer
Volunteers and service are essential to Salt Lake County Youth Services providing positive outcomes for youth in crisis or through afterschool programs. Volunteers help increase productivity within a specific program by providing activities that youth may not otherwise be able to experience.
For the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Angela Gilbert and volunteers from The Reach Program. Reach is a nonprofit organization that provides community stewardship in organizing outreach entertainment, support, and service to children in our community who have been or are currently victims of abuse. They also partner with other nonprofit organizations in order to fulfill this mission. Their goal is to inspire children to Reach for all they deserve in life: Joy, Love, Courage, Acceptance, Confidence, and so much more.
They currently provide activities for the youth at Salt Lake County Youth Services which includes making homemade glow-in-the-dark rubber balls, crafts, relay races, holiday decorations, therapy animal activities, and games.
“It’s such an amazing feeling to volunteer for the youth,” said Angela Gilbert, Reach Program Director. “After we do an activity and one of them looks you in the eyes and sincerely says, I actually had fun tonight thank you, our hearts melt and we know we have made a difference, even if it was just for a few hours.”
We enjoy working with Angela and her team and appreciate their generosity and support for our staff and the youth that we serve. Thanks Angela and The Reach Program for your continued service!