Youth Advisory Council to award grands, honor Volunteer of the Year on May 3

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Carroll County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will hold its 2019 Grant Awards and Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the Carroll Electric Community Building in Berryville.

Local nonprofits who have been selected to receive a YAC Giving Tree Grant will be on hand to receive funds and explain their programs that support youth and children in Carroll County. Everyone is invited to attend.

This year the local YAC group created the Carroll County Volunteer of the Year award. Throughout the year, YAC students learn about the needs of the county and the nonprofits that are addressing these issues. During nonprofit site visits, community service events, and meetings with local nonprofit leadership, students have realized the worth of the volunteer. A request for nominations was sent out in March and 20 deserving local volunteers have been nominated. Each of the nominees and their families have been invited and the Volunteer of the Year will be announced at this event.

The local Youth Advisory Council  is made up of students, grades 9 through 12, from all three public schools as well as private and homeschool students in Carroll County. Students apply to be a member of this program that encourages teens to be active in their communities through grant-making, endowment-building, and community service. Students who are selected through an application process and meet once a month with their YAC adviser, Donna Hill, from September to April.

“Our YAC students have taken the lead in creating this new Volunteer recognition program,” said Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Community Foundation. “Their hope is that this program will celebrate the good work being done by so many, and encourage others to volunteer their time and talents. ”

Carroll County Community Foundation is the local affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation that supports smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates, are fully tax deductible.

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