Last week, thousands of young people around the world once again came together in the spirit of helping others during Global Youth Service Day 2016. Youth Service America encourages young people to see the power that they have right now and make a difference. Groups of Aspect exchange students around the U.S. started telling their stories by participating in diverse service projects, donating bags filled with goodies and resources to groups in need in their host communities. Today, we want to recognize and give a big THANK YOU THURSDAY to everyone who participated and continues to tell their story, share their gifts and make the world a better place.
Super Ewan, Detroit, Michigan
Aspect Foundation partnered with Super Ewan to help bring hope to people in need throughout Metro Detroit. Over 50 people were provided with a lunch, personal care products, and non-perishable food. Free haircuts were also offered to those in need.
Make sure to check out the video below to see Super Ewan (and Paulina from Germany!) in action and learn more about this amazing host brother!
For more information on how you can help, please visit www.superewan.org!
SoupMobile, Dallas, Texas
Last weekend students, host families and coordinators partnered with SoupMobile to prepare food for the homeless in the Dallas area. SoupMobile is a non-profit charity that serves more than 200,000 meals every year to the homeless in the Dallas area. SoupMobile also shelters the homeless in their group homes in a program called SoupMobile Village.
For more information on how you can help, please visit www.soupmobile.org!
Norway Day and Wolf Haven International, Washington
On April 16th Coordinator Donita’s group volunteered to help serve food at the local ‘Norway Day’ event. Proceeds from this fundraiser help further the promotion of Scandinavian culture in the South Sound Community. Then on April 23rd the group went to Wolf Haven International, a wolf sanctuary where they help to save this endangered species. They ended their tour by helping with a discussion on what they could do locally and back home to spread the word.
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado
We would especially like to thank Aspect Foundation student Salla from Finland, who went above and beyond to make sure her volunteer project was completed. Despite bad weather and filling the 25 bags with only the help of her host family, she was still able to volunteer her time for a good cause.
CASA’s goal is to ensure safety and permanency for children whose lives are in turmoil. After 25 years of effective and compassionate advocacy, over 10,000 children’s lives have been changed for the better in the Fourth Judicial District.
Salla filled and donated 25 bags with toothpaste, toothbrushes, school supplies and small gifts for CASA kids. Each bag has a personal note of encouragement from Salla.
For more information on how you can help, please visit www.casappr.org!
Thank you again to everyone who participated in Global Youth Service Day, and to all our other Aspect Foundation students who have volunteered their time throughout the year!
Interested in sharing YOUR corner of the world with an international exchange student? Learn more about becoming a host family at: http://aspectfoundation.org/host-families.