Students in Quest, the Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) youth program, are part of a service learning curriculum in which they apply classroom teaching to service in the Warrenville community. In December, students were able to support the Neighborhood Food Pantry located at Immanuel Presbyterian Church by helping with a substantial mailing project. Students helped with the mailing of 2,000 annual appeals to support the local food pantry at year-end.

One student commented, “My family goes to that food pantry. It’s nice to give back and do something nice for them.”

Leslee Cremer, youth services director, says, “The students were thrilled at the possible donations their mailers could bring in! It was neat for them to learn more about the role fundraising plays.”

Throughout December, Quest students also spent time volunteering at the DuPage Convalescent Center and at Christmas Sharing, which collects and distributes food, clothing and toys to vulnerable families in the greater Warrenville area.

Quest held their annual Christmas party at Grace Church of DuPage on December 22. Highlights of the party included a special appearance by Gunnar the therapy dog, a message on the importance of celebrating Jesus’ birth this Christmas by Grace Church of DuPage Pastor Daryle Worley, and a white elephant gift exchange.