Five Acres' New Volunteer Group Connects Young Professionals to Foster Youth

Published : Monday, July 23, 2018 | 8:32 PM

Members of The Alliance, Five Acres’ new young professionals volunteer guild, create enriching experiences for foster youth living at Five Acres. Photo courtesy Five Acres

Five Acres has launched The Alliance, a new volunteer program which connects young professionals with foster youth living at Five Acres’ Altadena campus. Ideal for those aged 21–45 years, members of The Alliance will have the opportunity to create fun enrichment/educational experiences for foster youth living at Five Acres, serve as first-string volunteers at major Five Acres fundraising events and advocate for foster youth in the community.

“There’s a deep need for positive role models and life experiences for the foster youth we care for, who face a greater risk of becoming of homeless, incarcerated or unemployed than other children,” says Sue Lee, manager of Five Acres’ community outreach and volunteer program. “The Alliance gives its members a chance to share their knowledge with our kids, network with likeminded young professionals and gain leadership skills.”

Joining The Alliance requires a Live Scan, TB (tuberculosis) test, short interview process with Five Acres and a $100 annual due to fund activities for the children. Monthly meetings will vary include activity planning, networking events or professional development events.

The next meeting of The Alliance will take place August 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Five Acres’ Zeilstra Training Center at 747 W. Mountain View Street in Altadena. Those interested in attending can RSVP at volunteer@5acres.org or visit 5acres.org/volunteer to learn more.

About Five Acres

Five Acres is a child and family services agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community – based counseling and support services, intensive residential care for foster youth, and foster care and adoption services. In 2017, Five Acres served over 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit 5acres.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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