Thanks to our great sponsor Walmart for their grant to grow the Home Safety for Seniors program. The program is a youth-developed~youth-led service learning initiative to ensure the safety of seniors and persons with disabilities who live alone. Safety needs are assessed in home visits and Disaster/Safety kits are provided at no cost to the seniors. The youth also working the SafeAssured ID program provide ID kits to seniors at risk of becoming lost. The high-tech program provides families with a media ready tool able to immediately provide the public with a missing person's identifying characteristics.
Materials in the Safety/Disaster Kits are made possible by a grant from Home Depot. Scroll down this page to see how their sponsorship has helped.
The weekend of April 15-17 saw youth involved in Global Youth Service Day throughout our community. Senior citizens were treated to help in their yards and around their homes to clean up and remove debris. Youth also were instrumental in assisting in Gloucester after a tornado touched down on Saturday evening. This year over 1,200 youth participated in this global celebration right in our own community!
The Volunteer Center working in partnership with The Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula and American Red Cross is proud to have presented the Home Safety Module of the Masters of Disaster course to 44 young people in Hampton on Tuesday, February 8th. Each child received a completion certificate to continue our Global Youth Service Day Semester of Service for young people ages 5 - 25. An additional 36 were trained the next day. Currently there are 228 children holding Masters of Disaster Certificates in Hampton, Newport News, York and Gloucester Counties! Hooray for all these bright, young people!
Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., over 100 youth and adults met together at the Boys and Girls Club held at Yorktown Middle School. Activities ranged from making home safety kits for seniors, peace bracelets and cards for veterans. Dr. A. Terry Morris was the keynote speaker at lunch. Lunch was provided by Bojangles, Papa John's Pizza and McDonald's on Route 17 in Yorktown.
On Friday, October 29, 2010, golfers braved the chilly start to enjoy a great round of golf at Ford's Colony Country Club on the beautiful Blue Heron Course. Benefiting the Youth Disaster/Safety Team Home Safety for Seniors program. THANKS TO OUR MANY SPONSORS ~ click here!
Connor headed up the TEAM to provide SafeAssured ID kits to 26 residents at another local Senior Center, again, keeping seniors safe!
Four TEAM members provided SafeAssured ID kits to a local Senior Center helping keep seniors safe!
"I have heard nothing but wonderful accolades from staff about . . . the Keeping Seniors Safe program! The disaster kits were a huge hit as was the identity programs at the sites. Thanks so much for partnering with PAA!!" Sharon Brandau, M.S., Director of Social Work, Peninsula Agency on Aging. Read more here about Ashley Morris, Americorps VISTA.
WOW! What do a group of teens and Home Depot have in common? Thanks to a grant from Home Depot, the Youth Disaster/Safety TEAM went shopping to purchase items to prepare home safety kits for seniors and disabled folk. Youth TEAM members are visiting seniors, performing home safety checks and delivering those home safety kits over the past few weeks. Check out the pictures below!
Justine, Latrice and Ashley presented the Masters of Disaster program at the Boys & Girls Club at Queens Lake Middle School.
A group of youth including those from the Lighthouse Ministries helped the Hampton Clean City Commission to spruce up the grounds of a local elementary school!
Anas, Ashley, Justine and Taylor created SafeAssured ID kits for youth at the Boys and Club in Yorktown.