The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the launch of a new youth volunteer program: The Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew. The initiative, which runs now through the end of February, aims to build community-minded youth by encouraging kids and teens ages 8-18 to take an active role in their neighborhood by volunteering and giving back.
Each participant will register with a group and receive a volunteer log sheet to track how many hours they spend doing volunteer projects. Projects are completely participant-driven and may include anything from cleaning up their neighborhood to making cards for patients at a local hospital. Groups can be between 5 and 30 participants, and all must be registered by an adult representative such as a coach, parent or teacher. Each month, the representative will collect each individual's volunteer log and add up the total hours volunteered then submit their group's total hours volunteered as well as an individual volunteer of the month.
The group with the most volunteer hours by the end of the program will be invited to participate in a special service project with help from a Blackhawks player. Additionally, top monthly groups and individuals will be featured on the Blackhawks website and become eligible to win prizes.
Though participants are encouraged to spend their free time doing any community service projects of their own choosing, the Blackhawks have partnered with Cradles to Crayons on a volunteer opportunity to help jumpstart the program. The event will take place on Thursday, November 2, from 6-8 p.m. Interested parties can contact Julia Yacker at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Click here for more information or to register for the program.