Archive for the ‘Community Service’ Category

U.S. Army Corps Face Book Post On October 9th, Carl D. Perkins Y2Y Student Ambassadors along with staff played games, gave out candy, and antiviolence bracelets to over 500 local youngsters at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers first Harvest in the Park Event. The Perkins Center along with other community organizations had a great events of safe [...]

Voter Registration on the Way

September 26th, 2018

September 25, 2018- The Edison Job Corps students partnered with the NAACP to help students become registered to vote.  The students  received a presentation on voter registration and the impact of voting can have on our society.  Students learned they have a voice, their vote matters, ways to help their community, and they were very [...]

September 21- The Edison Job Corps, BCL hosted the Speak Life Art and Talent Show in support of standing together against violence in the community. Several students performed in the show and demonstrated the importance of overcoming fear, anxiety, of presenting ones thoughts and ideas in a positive way.  In addition, the students also presented [...]

Carl D. Perkins Job Corps students in observance of y2Y week had informational sessions during lunch for new students to learn about Y2Y and how to join. They ran a 5K for the Turning Point Domestic Violence Services,  visited all of the Head Start Classrooms totaling 280 students in the Floyd County School System over 2 [...]

September 18, 2018 The Youth 2 Youth ambassadors and Business Community Liaison  created art work for the Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, working to bring the community together. The Job Corps students enjoyed the experience by creating (10) art therapy works of art for children that are currently in the hospital. The Students were part [...]

Brick by Brick

September 18th, 2018

The Westover Brick Masonry trade repaired the Fire Station in downtown Chicopee, Massachusetts to re-point worn areas on the corner of the building. Students worked with their instructor Robert Marion for a week, ensuring that the red brick structure was in tip top shape. The Fire Department actively works with Westover to promote careers in public safety, to volunteer in the community, to promote employer partnerships and to encourage youth to enroll. The Department recently supported Safe & Sound Week working with our Safety Officer. We ran into them again at our Clinical Nursing site, enjoying a BBQ lunch with the elderly residents. We always get a big smile and kind words.

Helping the Homeless

September 18th, 2018

Westover volunteers staffed the donation table at Six Flags, Springfield, MA on National Roller Coaster Day. We packed a Peter Pan Bus with school supplies and then spent a week sorting them and preparing backpacks for homeless schoolchildren. A total of 2000 backpacks were donated to area schools. The Westover students rode the bus and delivered the backpacks to the schools. The backpacks were sorted by grade level. Other local employers and volunteers joined in. The “Stuff the Bus” campaign is sponsored by United Way.

The Westover Carpentry trade built an outdoor storage shed for the Granby Massachusetts High School. The construction firm Fontaine Brothers invited the students in with their instructor Mike O’Neal to help out.

National Night Out

September 18th, 2018

Congressman Richard Neal with the Westover Y2Y representatives at the 2018 National Night Out in Chicopee MA. Together with Coca Cola and dozens of sponsors, Westover served on the event committee to produce this major family friendly event in Sarah Jane park. Our group promoted violence prevention, read stories to children at the mobile library and held an admissions information table.

Peace in in the Palm of Our Hands

September 18th, 2018

After helping renovate Adams Park in Springfield, Westover learned the location was picked for Nancy Lieberman’s 65th Dream Court. A delegation attended the ribbon cutting celebrating a brand new basketball court donated by basketball legend Nancy Lieberman. The Dream Court is a place to bring local youth and the Springfield Police Department together. The slogan is “Peace is in the Palm of our Hands”. Westover has done outreach for Y2Y and admissions in this park. Student volunteers from Carpentry and Y2Y landscaped and renovated the entrance to the park and the pavilion. The City re-built the water park, and the new basketball court brought everything to a whole new level.