Integral Youth Services (IYS) is kicking off its annual Youth Center Fundraising Campaign Saturday, Feb. 2, according to a news release.
Last year’s fundraiser was a huge success, according to IYS officials, due to community support, both with businesses and individuals that held fundraising events, individual and corporate donors, as well as grant funding. The community raised $120,000 to keep the Youth Center in the Mills Addition neighborhood open.
The IYS Youth Center has been in operation since 2002. This IYS program served 7,800 USDA approved meals to local kids last year, as well as providing homework assistance, tutoring, art and crafts, games and other enrichment activities to youth in the Mills Addition neighborhood. The meal program and attendance at the Youth Center is free of cost to the youth and their families.
IYS is working to raise needed funds to run the Youth Center for another year.
“Due to this great community, we expect to raise the $90,000 needed, starting with a three-week fundraiser with our local Ross Dress for Less store,” said Larry Zeilstra, IYS interim executive director. “Integral Youth Services is very excited to be partnering with Ross Dress for Less for the second year in a row for this fundraiser to kick off this years’ Youth Center Campaign. Last year, the Ross team was incredible in their efforts to raise money for the Youth Center. I can’t wait to see the results this year.”
The three-week Ross Dress for Less fundraiser kicks off Saturday and runs through Sunday, Feb. 24. For every dollar donated during the fundraiser, Ross is donating $1 to the Boys & Girls Clubs and $1 to the IYS Youth Center.
Last year the local Ross team exceeded their goal of $4,000, raising $8,445 for the youth center. Including the IYS center as a beneficiary was possible thanks to store manager Jackie Reyes, whose son Elijah attends the center.
“Last year was such a success I really wanted to continue supporting IYS and I felt like this was something we would continue to do year after year if our company allowed it,” Reyes said.
During the fundraising campaign, the IYS team will be at the store during peak hours with fun activities for the kids.
Integral Youth Services is a nonprofit social service agency, and has been providing services in Klamath County since 1988. It provides services to homeless, at-risk and runaway youth.