YLU Helps at Salvation Army Christmas Center
Last Tuesday evening members of Young Leaders United (YLU) gathered at the Salvation Army Christmas Center to volunteer their efforts to make the holidays brighter for some local families. For several hours, YLU members helped sort, prepare, and organize the toys and clothes that will be given to children in need this year in our community.
Last year the Christmas Toy Drive impacted the lives of more than 6,700 local children, with more than 43,000 toys given. For YLU members, it is a special opportunity to be one of the hundreds of volunteers celebrating what the spirit of this season is about - serving with great joy to impact lives. Not only did the volunteers engage with one another and socialize, but they were able to gain insight into our city’s most pressing needs and the ways Salvation Army partners with United Way and others to meet those needs. It was a wonderful evening!
This is what Young Leaders United is all about. YLU is a group of 18-40 year old young professionals that gather in a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy. With over 1200 members, the group continues to grow and engage with individuals and companies throughout Winston-Salem. YLU desires to make an impact on our community and understand its most pressing social needs through United Way - examining healthcare, financial stability, and education. Join us! Invest $250 annually through United Way and pledge 24 hours of volunteer service. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED!
Want to make a difference? We need you! The Homeless Point in Time Count is a one day, unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in the county. The data we collect during the count is used to help plan services for the homeless throughout the year. Can't give time? We need donations of winter items, toiletries, and food as well.
On Thursday, December 11th WXII 12 News aired Living United, a prime-time special featuring the work of all United Ways in the Triad. If you missed it, we have the links to the entire special!