"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." - Mary Ann Radmacher

Summer of Service

By Amy Johnson, Outreach & Marketing Manager, PGK - Bay Area

School’s out for summer! Bring on the swimsuits, fro-yo, and shades. And why not add a bit of service to the mix? Summer is great time to explore different service opportunities in your community. Whether it’s working in a garden, collecting clothing, or doing crafts with young kids, it’s definitely worth your time. And who knows? You may just find something you love and want to continue into the fall.

We’ve got lots of options to choose from: quilting for you crafty peeps, gardening days for you naturalists, book drives for all our bookworms, and pantry shifts for those that like to get their hands dirty. Check out our website or our iOS mobile app, YouthGive, to find a project near you.

Summer is here! Time to gather your friends and have some fun while helping your community. 


PGK Bay Area - Here We Go!

By Amy Johnson, Outreach & Marketing Manager, PGK - Bay Area

It’s been months in the making, but Project Giving Kids Bay Area is finally here! We are thrilled to announce the launch of PGK-Bay Area just in time for summer. 

We’ve added several local nonprofits to our platform and offer projects ranging from farm tours to clothing drives, meal delivery to gardening. You can even choose between reading to animals or reading to kids!  We offer projects on-site and from home, weekdays and weekends, solo projects and group projects. It’s a wonderful resource that keeps on growing.

The Bay Area is ripe with possibilities for youth service. We live in a unique intersection of great need and great resources. Using technology to mobilize and inspire youth to give back to their community, PGK can educate the next generation about local issues and give them tools for tackling these issues head on.  What a great example of using technology for good.  

It’s time to check out PGK-Bay Area! Come meet us at one of our summer outreach events. We’ll be at the Mountain View Farmers’ Market on June 4 from 9am-1pm and the Facebook County Fair on August 26 from 12pm-7pm.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to get the latest updates.  And feel free to reach out with your own ideas about how to make PGK-Bay Area bigger and better.

Dive in now! Check out our website and watch for our mobile app, YouthGive, coming soon. Find a project, have some fun, and make a difference. You’ll be glad you did.  And so will the Bay Area.


Spotlight: Downey Kids ASPIRE to Make A Difference

Making Blankets for Rescue Dogs

Making Blankets for Rescue Dogs

ASPIRE afterschool program in the City of Downey, worked with the nonprofit, Karma Rescue, to provide visits and assemblies for the K-8th grade youth.  The staff and volunteers from Karma Rescue spent time educating the students on Karma Rescue’s mission. The students heard how important it is to find a permanent home for dogs and other animals in shelters. They also learned about the importance of getting pets fixed (spay/neutered) to reduce the shelter population. Lastly, they learned about dog breeds and some misconceptions. They enjoyed being able to spend time with a Karma Rescue dog too.

ASPIRE serves 1,200 students daily on twelve school campuses from school dismissal until 6pm. In addition to homework, clubs, physical education, and arts, the students select service learning projects to give back to the community.

The students and staff utilize the Project Giving Kids website to find projects. This month, their choice was easy, selecting "aiding the animals." They chose activities from the PGK site outlining how to make dog toys and blankets that would benefit the dogs they learned about.

We are proud of ASPIRE students for making over 682 dog toys and 10 mini blankets.  However, according to Michelle Jenney, Program Supervisor, it would not have been possible without the collaboration for Project Giving Kids and Karma Rescue.


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