Do you remember when you were away at college or in the military and how nice it was to receive a surprise package of goodies from home? Sending such packages to young adults who have aged out of foster care and are continuing their education in post-secondary programs or the military is exactly what the ILYA Student Care Package project is all about. Our federal and state governments are now helping these youth with their tuition costs, but more support and motivation is needed to keep them pursuing their education.
If you have been tempted to volunteer for this project, but were not really sure what it entailed, two Zoom meetings have been scheduled for you to find out more. These are just information sessions; no commitments to volunteer are required. The Zoom link is below.
We are already receiving from the social workers the names of students who are attending various colleges and universities and are requesting care packages for the coming school year. If you decide to join other ILYA volunteers in support of this project, we will also be scheduling an Orientation Session in September that will provide additional background. This year, we are also encouraging members to find a friend to support a student together. It can be much more fun (and half the cost) doing it with someone else.
Two “Introduction to Student Care Packages 101” sessions are scheduled for these dates:
Sunday, August 29 at 12:00 noon, following the online church service AND Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Join the Zoom sessions via the following link: