Ryan House Announces New Kids Volunteering Program Just in Time for Back to School
by Ryan House
New program gives kids the opportunity to give back and receive community service credit.
PHOENIX (August 13, 2013) – Ryan House, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides respite, palliative and end-of-life care to Arizona children facing life-threatening conditions, has introduced its new Kids for Ryan House program.
This community engagement program offers children the opportunity to make a difference through projects that help Ryan House children and families.
“Through this initiative, children who become a Kid for Ryan House are helping other children who need extra support,” said Ryan House Executive Director Julie Bank. “It provides the kids involved an experience to learn respect and kindness to those who are different from them as well as learn the importance of volunteerism in connecting with others to perform volunteer and community service projects in their neighborhood. And as an added benefit, those who are applicable receive community service credits.”
Whether solo, a bunch of friends, or a whole school, participation in Kids for Ryan House will make a difference for the Ryan House families and in our community. Each “Kid” involved is asked to take this pledge when they sign up:
As a Kid for Ryan House I Pledge To…
1. Work hard and give my time to help the kids at Ryan House.
2. Be respectful and kind to those who are different than I am.
3. Share my experiences about Ryan House with others.
4. Complete at least one service project per year.
Additionally, they receive an official “I’m a Kid for Ryan House” button that they can proudly show others that they’re making a difference for children with life-threatening conditions. They also receive information on service projects and activities like being a volunteer at a Ryan House event, hosting a fundraising or wish list drive, creating special artwork for our families to enjoy, and more.
They will also be added to a special email list to be notified about Kids for Ryan House volunteer activities and projects, receive an invitation to a Kids for Ryan House yearly social event and acknowledgement of their project on RyanHouse.org and other social media, along with an official ‘Certificate of Appreciation ‘ upon proof of project completion and signatures on community service school forms when applicable.
The Kids for Ryan House program is overseen, in part, by Ryan House’s Teen Board, comprised of high school kids who volunteer their time for various projects. The nonprofit is currently seeking new members for its Teen Board. Requirements and information is available via the information below.
More information about Kids for Ryan House, including requesting sign up forms, can be found at RyanHouse.org, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (602) 200-0767.
About Ryan House
The mission of Ryan House is to provide respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. All services at Ryan House are guided by the principles of palliative care. This philosophy of comfort care addresses not only physical pain but also the emotional, spiritual and social needs of the child and family. Ryan House is an Arizona 501(c)3 nonprofit that was established in 2004. Ryan House opened in spring 2010 with eight children’s bedrooms, three family suites, an outdoor playground, art, music, sensory and hydrotherapy rooms. For more information visit www.ryanhouse.org. Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.