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Studies from the National Institute of Mental Health show that young people who engage in volunteer service are more likely to make better choices when faced with pressure to engage in negative behaviors. Studies have also found that people who volunteer are generally happier and live more fulfilling lives.
At Pass It Along, we offer a wide variety of local, hands-on, meaningful opportunities that promote resiliency and self-esteem, and provide an outlet for diverse talents and interests for teenagers, as well as for people of all ages.
Peer mentors assist children with homework or school projects, play educational games, engage in recreational activities, participate in group educational structured activities, read books, share a joke, tell stories and enjoy spending time together. The activities and consistent interest in the child’s personal and academic well-being convey the message, “You matter and I care about you.” Adult volunteers are needed to serve as volunteer leaders to our teen volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to work as cheerleaders and assisants at SCARC outings, playing basketball, bowling, or working on art projects!
Volunteers share their well-behaved pets with the seniors residing at the Homestead Nursing Home.
Volunteers make brightly colored, child friendly pillowcases to be donated to local children’s hospitals serving terminally ill children.
Our Tilly's Kids programs are designed to give one-on-one attention to at risk inner city youth who live below the poverty level. The program builds self-resiliency skills and promotes positive self-esteem.
Tilly's Kids at Swartswood State Park - This program offers a fun in the sun relaxing day at a state park. Recreational activities, swimming and lunch are enjoyed by Pass It Along teen volunteers who serve as mentors and “buddies” to Tilly's Kids participants.
Tilly's Kids Byram Day Camp - This program is designed to provide environmental education and awareness and meets two days a week during the summer months.
Tilly’s Kids School Year Program – Accompanied by teen volunteers Tilly’s Kids participate in monthly outings including attending high school football games, holiday parties, game days and attending high school musical productions.
Volunteers plant, maintain, irrigate and harvest produce in this local charity gardens. All produce is donated to local pantries to support families in need.