Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau recognizes volunteer week

Hidden Heroes volunteers and the youth they have been matched with meet each other for the first time at a year-end party. The party is after they have participated in a mystery match pen pal program that connects caring adults, who want to promote success through letter writing, with youth in the community. Photo supplied

National Volunteer Week is April 15-21, and this is a great time to recognize volunteers and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism. We all know a volunteer. Many of us are volunteers ourselves and know first-hand the selfless nature of people who give with no expectation of being paid for their time.

Volunteers may work for free, but they will tell you that they are well paid. They say that the reward for their work is the satisfaction of helping others, active involvement in the community and the friendships that form through volunteer work. That is just what Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau volunteers do. Without our outstanding, dedicated volunteers, LAYSB simply could not complete its mission to ensure the success of youth. We are so thankful for each and every one of our dedicated volunteers!

At Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, more than 100 volunteers help the youth and families we serve in a variety of ways. Some of the volunteers help in our office, plan youth-focused programs, mentor, plan fundraising events, teach life skills or share a hobby. Other volunteers listen to the youth who are first-time, low-level offenders in need of positive adult role models and the opportunity to make amends with their victims.

Take a moment this week to thank the volunteers within your agency, school or faith community. To volunteer your time and talent for LAYSB, contact Andria Sterbentz at LAYSB 651-464-3685 or [email protected]

—Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (LAYSB) is a non-profit organization, serving Forest Lake Area School District communities in Washington and Anoka Counties, and all communities in Chisago County. The mission of LAYSB is to ensure the success of youth. Programs and services provided reflect the belief that youth will be successful when relationships are strong, families are involved, communities are caring, harmony is restored and youth have the skills and opportunities for citizenship. For more information, please visit our website at

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