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Students Volunteer Over 4,700 Hours Through Helping Hands Program

 Students Volunteer Over 4,700 Hours Through Helping Hands Program

October 1, 2019

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Over 100 middle and high school students in Grand Forks Public Schools’ Helping Hands youth volunteer program completed 4,783 hours of community service during the summer of 2019.

Each summer, the eight week Helping Hands program kicks off with students attending instructional sessions that focus on character traits, attitudes and behaviors, volunteer opportunities, interest surveys, and discovering authentic community needs. The students are then assigned to a local agency where each student will volunteer. Agencies include thrift stores, non-profit daycares, nursing home facilities, schools, homeless shelters, and parks.

“The Helping Hands program creates wonderful opportunities for service learning. The youth develop valuable leadership, communication, and empathy skills that build character and promote a sense of community,” said Sarah Shimek, Character Education and Prevention Coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools. 

Over the past 18 years, Helping Hands youth volunteers have contributed over 92,145 hours of community service to the greater Grand Forks areas.