National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month and as an organization that is 100% volunteer run, celebrating the hard work of our volunteers is important to WPIG. In honor of National Volunteer Month, WPIG had three different volunteer events in April.
April 13, 2013 – Powerful Voices’ Girlvolution
Powerful Voices is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of adolescent girls in Seattle through innovative evidence-based programs in public middle schools and in the juvenile justice system. Girlvolution is their 100% youth led social justice conference. The girls, or Activistas, range in ages from 14-18 and they explore issues that negatively affect them and their communities. They then take these issues and after being exposed to anti-oppression training they learn how to use their knowledge to create social change. The Activistas presented workshops that covered domestic violence, teen pregnancy, gangs, and LGBTQ stereotypes among others.
The members who volunteered were able to assist with registration, pointing guests in the right direction, set-up and clean-up. In between helping out we were able to sit in on a few of the workshops and were amazed at what the young girls had been able to put together. The material was well researched and well presented and the Activistas handled themselves with grace and composure well beyond their years. We were very excited to be a part of such a wonderful event.
(photo courtesy of Powerful Voices FB page)
April 24, 2013 – Spring Craft Night at Ryther
Ryther was WPIG’s 2010-2011 partner charity and ever since our original partnership we have hosted a spring and fall craft night for the children who live on site. We came prepared with all of the materials for the kids to make windsocks, stained glass butterflies or kites, paper flowers, pipe cleaner bugs, and our edible craft, mud cups. Craft night at Ryther is a favorite of just about every WPIG member and we’re already brainstorming which crafts to do in the fall!
April 27, 2013 – YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day
Healthy Kids Day is an annual initiative of the YMCA to improve the health and well-being of kids. This year’s theme was “Superheroes” and over 1,900 Y’s across the country took part in HKD by hosting free community events that were open to all kids and families. The day is filled with fun, active play, and educational opportunity. WPIG members volunteered at the Matt Griffin Y in Seatac. We made felt masks that the kids were able to decorate and wear throughout the day. The Matt Griffin Y made super juice and super muffins from all natural foods for the kids to sample. There was a table for them to plant spinach seeds that they could take home in mini pots. There was a Superman bounce house and vendors with educational materials and toys for the kids. The highlight for many of the kids was a visit from Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Sounders midfielder Lamar Neagle.