November 2013 | Vol. 2, Issue 3
Grants Make Big Impact at Youth In Need
Corporate and foundation grants are a critical source of private support that directly helps Youth In Need have a significant impact on the children, teens and families it serves. Just look at recent grants from Home Builders Charitable Foundation, PNC Foundation and QuikTrip and the effect they are having on three different programs at Youth In Need!
- Home Builders Charitable Foundation awarded Youth In Need $17,978 to make critically needed facility improvements to the agency’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) group home, improving a place that vulnerable youth trying to gain a new start in life can call home. TLP’s goal is to provide the necessary support and services so that once-homeless youth can become thriving, self-sufficient and financially independent adults.
- PNC Foundation awarded $15,000 to Youth In Need’s Head Start and Early Head Start program as part of the bank’s Grow Up Great initiative that improves school readiness of young children. Head Start and Early Head Start supports the social, emotional and academic development of young children to be successful in school and life through classroom-based and home-based services.
- QuikTrip awarded $12,400 to Youth In Need in support of the agency’s Safe Place program. All QuikTrip locations in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties as well as St. Louis City serve as Safe Place sites, where employees are trained to assist youth in crisis by connecting them with immediate help at Youth In Need. Currently, Youth In Need has more than 700 stationary and mobile Safe Place sites within the St. Louis region.
Tax Credits Now Available
The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded Youth In Need $220,014 in Youth Opportunity Program tax credits to support and expand a continuum of services reaching the region’s most at-risk youth. Project services will include street-based homeless outreach, community education for youth about how to be safe and seek help when necessary, comprehensive shelter services when needed, and community-based counseling.
With these tax credits, Youth In Need will be able to raise more than $440,000 in private support. Supporters who contribute $100 or more qualify for state tax credits equal to 50 percent of their donation. The tax credits then can be used to pay Missouri state income tax.
Learn more about tax credits or donate now.
‘Tis the Season for Giving
Throughout the community each year, people and organizations—just like you—help make the holidays a bit brighter for Youth In Need’s young clients. And what could feel better than knowing that your gift brings joy to children and helps programs thrive? Participate in Youth In Need’s annual Holiday Drive, and you will capture that warm, fuzzy feeling of giving! Guaranteed!
Help Youth In Need fulfill wishes this holiday season in one of the following ways:
- Adopt a Youth In Need program and fulfill the needs of a classroom, group home or therapeutic program.
- Collect items from the Holiday Wish List to be distributed where needed. <LINK>
- Donate an item from the Holiday Wish List to the 93.7 The Bull’s fourth annual Boatload of Toys drive, which will be held Dec. 6-7 at Chesterfield Mall. Mason and Remy will be spending the weekend in an RV to collect items for Youth In Need. Help them fill the boats! Learn more.
- Make a 100-percent tax-deductible cash donation that will purchase needed items. Donate now.
To discuss particular needs of a program or if you have any questions, please contact Nancy Clark by e-mail or by phone at 636-757-9331. Donations of toys and other gifts should be delivered to 1815 Boone’s Lick, or arrange for pick up by December 9, 2013.
Save the Date
Youth In Need will hold its 27th annual Celebration of Youth dinner and auction on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa. The event will celebrate Youth In Need’s 40th anniversary and will be hosted by retired President and CEO Jim Braun, who led the organization through 25 of its 40 years. Watch for more details in coming months.