June 17, 2010

KIDS CAN Make a Difference

Memphis, Missouri (June 9, 2010)- Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency, through Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding, has established and maintained an active group of youth volunteers in Scotland County for the past 7 years. The youth group called, Kids Can, engages youth between 5th and 12th grades in service activities that contribute to the local community and provides educational opportunities that focus on life skills.

ďThe kids involved in Kids Can plan the volunteer activities they would like to do for the community. The group also hosts informational speakers that discuss current community issues and focuses on real life skill development in youth. The kids have an enjoyable time while doing exciting and educational activitiesĒ; states Kristal Phillips, Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency Community Resource Specialist and Kids Can group sponsor.

Kids Can is active throughout the year and the group meets monthly for the purposes of planning and scheduling volunteer opportunities in the local community.

This past year, Kids Can assisted the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce in assembling their charitable Christmas Boxes and volunteered at their Annual Pancake Breakfast. The Scotland County Kids Can group, along with the support of local government officials, planned and facilitated a Mock Trial in Memphis and invited other area youth from Clark, Knox, and Schuyler Counties to participate. In addition, Kids Can constructed Christmas door hangings for the residents at the Scotland County Nursing Home and provides baby-sitting services to Memphis Head Start families while they participate in monthly Head Start meetings. Also, they regularly volunteer at a local childcare facility where they read books and interact positively with the young children. Most recently the Kids Can youth raised $200.00 through a fund raising event in which all proceeds where donated to the Scotland County Red Cross. Kids Can made it possible for the Red Cross to purchase enough food for the next three blood drives which will be held in July, October, and January in Scotland County.

For information in becoming a Kids Can youth member or becoming a community partner, contact Kristal Phillips, Community Resource Specialist at kphillips@nmcaa.org or call the NMCAA Scotland County Service Center at 660-465-8558 during business hours. Kristal will be happy to provide Kids Can meeting information, Kids Can participant registration, or discuss community projects and needs with both youth and organizational partners.

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