A Summer of Service

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Jul 29, 2019

Some of our Villa students spent part of their summer volunteering for others. Caroline McDonald '21 (left) seen with her classmate Macy Tomlinson '21 were two of five Villa students who traveled with Y-Corps to perform service around the Commonwealth of Kentucky and around the northeastern United States. Caroline shares her story of service.

The YMCA program, Y-Corps, takes students around the state and country to work with non-profit organizations and perform service. This past school year, I went through an application process and was selected to serve on the team known as Service to the Commonwealth. Leading up to the actual journey, I raised $500 and performed 50 hours of service. The $500 will fund scholarships for students in need allowing them to participate in Kentucky YMCA programming such as the Kentucky Youth Assembly and the Kentucky United Nations Assembly, programs that I have enjoyed attending through Villa. After completing my service and fundraising, I was able to travel around Kentucky for one week and work alongside my fifteen peers at seven different organizations, such as Elizabeth’s Village and Habitat for Humanity. At Elizabeth’s Village, we helped paint rooms where women and children could live in order to have a roof over their heads and not become homeless. At Habitat for Humanity, we helped build a shed, worked on the landscape, and washed their cars. Overall, we traveled more than 1000 miles from as far west as Murray, all the way east to Pikeville, and everywhere in between. 

Going into the week, I made a goal for our team to make the people at each service site smile, and my team did more than that. I was blown away by how truly thrilled each organization was by the work we did. Every organization talked about how thankful they were to have a volunteer group pass through that had such good work ethic and positive spirits. The journey was truly special to me because I feel my state is something I take pride in, and there is so much need for groups like Y-Corps to help serve here.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Villa's K-12 students completed more than 17,500 service hours. According to Independent Sector, a website that calculates the value of volunteer time, those service hours are valued at $374,850. Thank you to Caroline and all of our students for making a valuable contribution to our community.