Number of Participants: 1
Hours Donated: 15
Value of Time Served: $127
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: November 28, 2023
North Andover High School
Osgood Street, North Andover
“The North Andover Youth Center has run their annual Holiday Gift drive for the past 34 years. They receive referrals from the North Andover Public School System and North Andover Housing Authority for families who may need financial assistance during the holiday season, and work with sponsors to provide local children with holiday gifts. Local businesses, schools, individuals, and families come together to sponsor the program and made it possible to sponsor 200 North Andover families last year.
Though it has not yet been announced, Molly Malandrino, who’s served as the Youth Center’s Holiday Giving Coordinator for many years, is not planning on returning next year. Because of this, I took on a DECA project revolving on a marketing campaign for the gift drive that can work as a model for the person who steps into her role.
My paper highlighted ways to enhance the fundraising and sponsor-gaining activities the Youth Center already runs annually, as well as new events that can be implemented like a bake sale and social media campaign.
I brought the bake sale idea to my Youth Council group, and we worked together to put on the bake sale and donate our proceeds to the Gift Drive.
I’ve worked for about 15 hours between planning event details, meeting with advisors, and working on the paper.”- Kendall Wolfe