Eighth- through 12th-grade students from the Stillwater area continued a two-decade tradition by raising by raising $4,000 for Youth United Way of Washington County-East and allocating those funds to local youth and hunger programs.
The following programs andorganizations are recipients of grants from Youth United Way this spring:
n Valley Outreach food shelf received $2,000.
n YoungLives (a program of Young Life) received $500 to continue assisting teen mothers and fathers.
n Canvas Health (formerly HSI) received $400 to continue providing housing and support for teens in need.
n Youth Advantage received $400 to help kids who can’t afford to join a sport or club in extracurricular activities.
n Stillwater Area Public Schools Community Education received $400 to support their "Be the Change – Day of Service" volunteer day, where students spend the day performing different volunteer opportunities.
n FamilyMeans received $300 to buy books to help those who have lost friends and/or family members.
Youth United Way raises funds through a series of local events, the biggest event being the annual Empty Bowls community dinner. Youth United Way hosted its 10th annual Empty Bowls Community Dinner on March 1. To accommodate the growing attendee list, this year the group moved the event’s location from St Paul’s Lutheran Church to Stillwater Area High School. The Empty Bowls Community Dinner continues to be Youth United Way’s most successful fundraiser!
Twenty local restaurants* graciously donated soup and bread to this year’s dinner, and many local artists and businesses provided the pottery bowls and silent auction items. The youth leadership is committed to continuing their work in our community in the upcoming school year. All students grade 8-12 in any area school are welcome to join and attend the membership event held in September, or visit Youth United Way’s website at www.uwwce.org/YouthUnitedWay to learn more about this successful group.