The Young Professionals Association Louisville (YPAL) partnered with Volunteers of America Mid-States on Jan. 10 to serve a meal to the residents of VOA’s Louisville Family Housing Services. At this event, YPAL members had the opportunity to learn more about the families receiving VOA’s services and better understand the crisis of homelessness affecting our communities.
They took a Real3 Journey tour to learn how VOA is filling a need in our community through housing families together and providing case management and counseling so residents can find long-term housing solutions.
YPAL is committed to community outreach and connecting its over 900-member base to nonprofits in the area.
Jenna Haugen, YPAL’s director of community outreach, said, “We look for connections and opportunities that are going to inspire our members to get more involved and engaged in solving some of the challenges our city and surrounding area face. We hope that an introduction to an organization serves as a springboard for long-term volunteering.”
Members assembled 200 “Homeless Survival Kits” which included basic needs such as water, snack bars, socks, and toiletries. These were distributed to the 36 YPAL members at the event so when they encounter someone in our community who is in need, they can give directly to that person. The event provided perspective on the challenges faced by some in our community and personal success stories facilitated by Volunteers of America.
YPAL member and participant Zach Wedding said, “I really enjoyed sitting down with the families and getting to know about them and their lives. It was great to hear their story and the empowerment in their voice. Many were excited to be there, because living there meant they were able to stay with their children.”
If you are interested in learning more about YPAL, visit www.ypal.org. If you would like to give back in your own way, visit https://www.voamid.org/ to learn about volunteer opportunities through Volunteers of America.