For the past 15 years, United Way of Saginaw County has partnered with the Saginaw Community Foundation and members of the Giving Back Task Force to organize Youth Service Days. This year's Spring Into Service Day took place on Thursday, May 18 and had more than 170 local high school students and 41 community members come together to plant, paint and clean-up Saginaw.
The students arrive at the YMCA in the morning for registration and breakfast. After going over a few quick procedures and policies, the students are mixed into groups with students from all different walks of life. After a quick icebreaker, the students are bused by SISD Transportation to their work sites. The students spend the day learning about new people, new trades and new skills as they work alongside community leaders and master gardeners. The students are able to put aside all their mixed feelings, school and sports rivalries, and come together for one purpose - to make a difference in our community.
Not only do these students make a difference in the community, they also learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills that we hope they will utilize to their fullest potential now and throughout their future. Events like these are designed to show the youth that when you reach out a hand to someone you truly do INFLUENCE the condition of all. If it wasn’t for your community support, we would not be able to help guide and mold these students into becoming our future leaders of tomorrow.
Video recap from 2017 Spring Into Service Day:
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"I think it was really nice that we helped the seniors with things they couldn't do." - Haley, Heritage
"We should always work hard and make the community a better place. It was nice meeting new people and helping others." - Kristen, Chesaning
"I really enjoyed the amount of motivated volunteers I met and the community support." - Alexis, Frankenmuth
"I think it's a great experience for students; I love doing this program and recommend it for all my friends." - Mya, Carrolton
"My favorite part was seeing how thankful the clients were at the East Side Soup Kitchen when they received their tray of food." - Evan, Chesaning