Nonprofit youth organization to host tree-lot fundraiser

The nonprofit organization The Youth Center will host its annual tree lot from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21 at the Ganahl Lumber parking lot at 10742 Los Alamitos Blvd. The tree lot will be open from 9am to 9pm on weekends and from noon to 9pm during on weekdays. Noble, Nordman, Douglas and Grand Fir trees will be available.
More than 300 students volunteer at this fundraiser each year, according to The Youth Center, which provides collaborative social, educational and recreational programs for children through contributions and modest activity fees, according to the organization’s website, which also states that the center does not receive local, state or federal funding.
The volunteers learn valuable skills such as working as a team, following manager direction, customer service, and how it feels to provide a service for a good cause, according to Lisa Lee, Youth Center Community Relations director.
For many volunteers this experience offers so much more than just an opportunity to give back, Lee said. Michael Cleary is a 17-year-old tree-lot volunteer who has gone to the Youth Center since he was 5. His mother is a single parent, and the Center has been a strong support for him throughout his childhood, Lee said.
“Helping families find the perfect tree really puts me in the Christmas spirit,” Cleary said. “I really like working with other tree-lot volunteers and the staff members too. I learned so much about taking care of Christmas trees, customer service, and teamwork. Giving back to the charity that helped me when I was growing up means a lot to me.”
The Youth Center truly becomes a second home for many children, and Michael is only one example of the many children who rely on the Youth Center’s support growing up, Lee said.
“It is rewarding for me to see our past participants help us during different fundraising events,” said Lina Lumme, Youth Center executive director. “It truly shows that we have a special place in their hearts.”
The public is welcome to volunteer their time, join the board or register for a program. For more information, call (562) 493-4043 or visit .

Source: The Youth Center

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