Hands-on Means Hand-Made

Mountain View Youth Development CenterThe young men in the JMG program at the Mountain View Youth Development Center cannot volunteer in the community, but learned that they can certainly apply their expertise to nonprofit needs as a means to make limited dollars stretch further.

Faced with two worthy grant applications for the full $1000 JOY grant, MVYDC students decided to split their funding between the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor and the Evergreen Center for Grieving Children. The Evergreen Center applied for funding to cover both important staff training and the purchase of a storage cabinet for children’s games, toys and crafts.

With half of its request granted, the Center would not be able to meet both goals, so the students decided to build the storage cabinet in their Carpentry program and donate it to Evergreen. Using donated lumber and materials and hands-on ingenuity, the JMG class increased student and local business involvement in their grant work and creatively met the needs of two community nonprofits.