To kick off National Volunteer Week‬, Warrenville‬ Youth & Family Services held its first Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 11 at Sweet Potato Cafe. The evening included dessert and coffee, a “human scavenger hunt” icebreaker and a volunteer awards presentation by WYFS Board President Beth Fairbanks. More than 60 volunteers attended.

The group had a lot to celebrate! WYFS has a growing list of faithful, committed volunteers. For Fiscal Year 2015, a total of 44 people volunteered across WYFS programs providing 4,690 hours of service: Discoveries Resale Shop had 27 volunteers, providing 3,541 hours of service, with the average retention of four or more years; and WYFS Youth programs had 17 volunteers, providing 1,149 hours of service, with the average retention time of two or more years. “Both of these statistics are very impressive!” said Beth Fairbanks. Currently, WYFS boasts more than 100 active volunteers.

But in addition to volunteer commitment, their investment has paid off. “86% of youth in mentoring and academic coaching programs working one-on-one with a volunteer have a C average or better,” said Beth. “91% of mentee/mentor matches meet 80% of their scheduled meeting times, if not 100%. Better yet, both students and parents report being highly satisfied with their child’s experience. And it’s clear we are making a difference in their lives.”