GREENFIELD — The community is in good hands this year with local teen service projects ranging from tornado sirens, to Christmas stockings to bat houses.
Seven groups of area teens were awarded grants from the Youth as Resources program Thursday evening. With the good will as abundant as the neon-colored decorations, teens say they’re ready and eager to serve.
“The need is so great, and we just want to help out the best we can,” said Sarah Rominger.
Sarah, a New Palestine High School junior, packed 115 children’s Christmas stockings for the Hancock County Food Pantry last year. This year, with the help of a $975 grant from YAR and a student service club, she hopes for 250.
And the money comes just in time for Sarah, who says as a senior next year, it’s important to pass the project on to younger students who can hopefully carry on her vision.
“I’m hoping I’ll be able to help them learn how to do it, and it can continue to grow,” she said.
Youth as Resources is a program of United Way of Central Indiana. Each year a pot of money is available and a YAR board – mostly made up of teens – decides which community groups should receive it.
There was $10,000 available, but this year there were fewer applicants than normal, and only $6,748 was doled out.