BENEFITING: Tidewater Youth Services Foundation
The TYS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization, established to support and enhance the community-based services for at-risk youth that are operated by TYSC. 100% of community donations to the TYS Foundation directly benefit the at-risk youth & families with which we work. I have witnessed for many years the incredible difference that community support makes in the lives of the youth & families with which we work. The Santa Claus Shuffle (5 K Race & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk) is the signature fundraiser for the TYS Foundation. This December is our 22nd Annual Race! I hope that you may be able to participate this year! For those of you who have participated in years past, you know that it is a really fun family event that benefits a wonderful cause. Our Foundation supports us in our efforts to help at-risk and court-involved youth gain the tools needed to become productive adults. I think our current Foundation Board Chair, summarized best how your contributions make a difference “Even something that seems so small to us might be an unattainable expense for some of our kids: reading glasses, new shoes that fit (not hand-me downs that are too small), a chance to see a minor league baseball game, going fishing on a boat, taking a train ride to our state capital, or even having a math tutor to help you pass geometry. Research shows that when at risk youth are given guidance in Independent Living Skills, Social Skills, Literacy, and Math they tend not to repeat their past mistakes and do not return to the Juvenile Justice System again. Research also shows that sending young first offenders to a state juvenile correctional facility does not work. If these young people stay in our community and receive the services our Commission provides they have a much better chance of getting back on the road to success. We even have 3 clients that have started college this year, something they wouldn’t have dreamed of if it were not for our help. So once again I am asking for help to keep these great programs going. All donations are tax deductible and all of our funds support the programs for our youth. By helping our youth to become better individuals we in turn make our community a better place to live for all. Thank you and please sign up to run or walk the race on December 11. It is really a fun time!! http://santaclausshuffle.org/ Check out the video link.” Thank you for your support & I hope to see you at the Santa Claus Shuffle!