For the first time, the Youth Volunteer Corps of Western Connecticut is hosting a Spring of Service program. The organization has held a six-week summer program for five years now across the Greater Danbury area. United Way volunteer coordinator Deirdre Wallin says there was a kick-off event Saturday at Tarrywile Park where youths worked on a variety of projects.
The youth service program offers volunteer opportunities for more than 100 youth ages 11 - 18 throughout the school year.
During Spring of Service, youth will assist The City of Danbury’s Office of Neighborhood Assistance cleaning up the downtown area of graffiti and addressing other blight issues. Youths will work with Dorothy Day House later this week.
Last year 111 youth served a total of 2,156 volunteer hours assisting at after-school and pre-school programs, soup kitchens, parks and more.