Thursday, January 22, 2015

Teen Volunteers wanted for Community Service Organization in Franklin

Thanks to Renata Gilarova and Allison Bernhardt for providing this info:

Lion’s Heart–Teens Giving Back, a national community service organization for teens in 6th through 12th grade, has opened a chapter in Franklin. Enrollment begins February 1 and runs through August 1, 2015. Started in 2004 in Southern California, Lion’s Heart has experience tremendous grown since it founding. It’s Members have served over 100,000 hours of community service! 
Lion’s Heart is open to teenagers in 6th through 12th grades. Members perform at least 30 hours of community service each year, and are grouped by grade level and gender. One parent acts as the Class Coordinator, and each group of up to 20 elects their own officers, lead their own meetings, and decide on group community service projects. 
There is no fundraising in Lion’s Heart; only serving the community in fun and meaningful ways. Parents are encouraged but not required to serve the community. Dues are $130 to join (but discounted or waived for hardship situations). 
Lion’s Heart is a qualifying organization for the national President’s Volunteer Service Award program; qualified Members receive these awards each June. Lion’s Heart Members can also earn the annual Torchbearer’s Award, presented to the Member in each group who went “above and beyond” for the community for that year. Members who are active for all six years will receive the Golden Lion award when they are seniors in high school. 
The idea of a teen community service organization came out of a long car ride in 2004 by Terry Corwin and her then 12-year-old son, Spencer. Since its modest beginning with twenty 6th grade boys in the Corwin’s living room in 2004, Lion’s Heart has grown to nearly 2,000 teenage girls and boys.

Lion's Heart - a teen service organization
Lion's Heart - a teen service organization

For additional info visit their webpage

At last night's organizational meeting, a list of places that volunteers could work with was put together. If you know of an organization not on this listing, please add it in the comment section.

Franklin Food PantryLibrarySenior CenterSchools when they have events and need helping hands (reach out to individual PCC's)Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (spring and fall clean ups, road race helpers - May 2, 2015)Downtown Partnership (beautification days)Assisted living facilities in Franklin (Benchmark Senior Living at Forge Hill, The Estate in Franklin)Recreation Department (Earth day in April for Franklin clean up)Community Gardens?Franklin Garden Club (Common Garden Clean Up)4th of July CoalitionFranklin Education FoundationNeighbor BrigadeHistorical MuseumSanta FoundationProject Smile (Hopedale)Random Smile Project Franklin

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