Carroll County Community Foundation’s (CCCF) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will hold their 2019 Grant Awards and Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Carroll Electric Community Building in Berryville. Local nonprofits who have been selected to receive a YAC Giving Tree Grant will be on hand to receive funds and explain their programs that support youth and children in Carroll County. Everyone is invited to attend.

 This year the members of our local YAC group created the Carroll County Volunteer of the Year award. Throughout the year, YAC students learn about the needs of the county and the nonprofits that are addressing these issues. During nonprofit site visits, community service events, and meetings with local nonprofit leadership, students had the opportunity to realize the worth of the volunteer. Twenty deserving local volunteers have been nominated. Each of the nominees and their families have been invited and the Volunteer of the Year will be announced at this event.

 The local YAC is made up of students, grades 9-12, from all three public schools as well as private and homeschool students in Carroll County. Students apply to be a member of this program that encourages teens to be active in their communities through grantmaking, endowment building, and community service. Students who are selected through an application process meet once a month with their YAC Advisor, Donna Hill, from September to April.

 “Our YAC students have taken the lead in creating this new Volunteer recognition program,” said Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Community Foundation. “Their hope is that this program will celebrate the good work being done by so many, and encourage others to volunteer their time and talents. ”

 CCCF is your local affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation that supports smart giving to improve communities. The foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Contributions to the foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates, are fully tax deductible.

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