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Reminder: There’s Still Time to Support ILYA College Students with Care Packages This School Year

Thank you to those who attended the recent Zoom Info Sessions to learn more about how ILYA’s (Independent Living for Young Adults) Student Care Package project supports young adults while they are pursuing their college/secondary education career. Even if you did not attend the info sessions, there’s still time to get involved in this very important project as the school year kicks off. You can still sign up by September 30th!

Remember what it was like to receive that special care package from home when you were away at college? A box of goodies filled with some of your favorite comfort things or supplies for your dorm or apartment – just the boost you needed to help you make it through the next exam or the end of the semester. That’s where ILYA volunteers make a difference. Please consider sponsoring a student who has aged out of foster care in Delaware this school year. These young adults have overcome years of adversity and are now living independently without the support of a foster family.

We have already received many requests from the Independent Living Coordinators for volunteers to support students with care packages who are attending the University of Delaware, Del Tech and even McCalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Student Care Packages can be filled with a variety of items such as baked goods, favorite snacks, gift cards, bus passes, dorm or apartment decor, hygiene items, or school supplies, depending on the students’ needs or preferences. A few boxes during the semester, around the holidays and on a student’s birthday can be the motivation that keeps ILYA youth going through their school year and lets them know they are cared for and valued.

Join other volunteers and take on a fun project that will make a big impact on a student’s life! Ask a friend to join you (it’s easier, less expensive and more fun with a friend!) and contact ILYA Student Care Package Project Leader, Pauline Koch, by September 30th to learn more or get started: pauline.d.koch@gmail.com or 302.423.1164. Thank you!