Volunteer All-Stars

Skagit Valley Herald
Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012 6:00 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Sat Apr 7, 2012.

By ERINN UNGER
Staff Writer

Amanda Paulson, 8, cuts out a tracing of her hand Friday at the Sedro-Woolley Boys and Girls club while working on an art project. Behind are high school freshmen Shayna Snyder, 14 (left) and Alivia Nichols, 15. The Sedro-Woolley High School students volunteer at the local boys and girls club as part of their volunteer activities. Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Helping hands are reaching across Sedro-Woolley thanks to the high school’s Youth United: Varsity in Volunteerism club, where students earn a varsity letter pin for volunteering 100 hours from February to the end of May.

However, the club is not just any club; it’s a pilot project for all of Skagit county. It’s funded by the United Way of Skagit County, partnered with United General Hospital’s Community Health Outreach Program, which first contacted United Way regarding the project, and advised by members from the school district, WorkSource Skagit and others. Youth United is already a nationwide program encouraging youth to give back to their communities, and the goal is to have Youth United: Varsity in Volunteerism clubs spring up in districts across the county.

“The program really came out of wanting to create pro-social activities for the youth in our communities,” said Amy Collins, a counselor at the high school and the coach for the club.

The students also attend trainings in everything from resume writing to presentation skills.

“It’s just so exciting to see how motivated they are,” Collins said of the students. “…They’re just plugged into this opportunity and…they’re just going like gangbusters.”

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