CAMDEN, NJ - Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins joined high school students from Volunteers of America Delaware Valley's Action Team youth volunteer corps today at a storybook luncheon in Camden for homeless children and neighborhood youth in the Morgan Village and Newton Creek communities. Action Team youth from West Deptford, Gloucester Catholic and Camden Catholic high schools hosted the event to highlight the need for positive enrichment programs for at-risk children in the area and to encourage other young people to get involved in their community through volunteering. Volunteers of America Delaware Valleys programs support and empower the areas most vulnerable groups, including at-risk children and youth, and adults in recovery from substance abuse and in need of affordable housing.
Its a great honor to join Delaware Valley Action Team Captains in raising the awareness of two very important causesenrichment programs for area kids and community involvement, said Rollins. Major Leaguers and Volunteers of America are extremely proud of the job Action Team high school students all across the country are doing to help train and inspire the next generation of volunteers.
Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program was created to encourage young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. To date, Action Teams across the country have inspired more than 9,000 high school students to get involved helping over 38,000 people in need. Action Teams, consisting of Major League baseball players and area high school student Team Captains, are working together in Philadelphia/Delaware Valley, Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Oakland, Portland (Maine), San Francisco and Seattle to encourage young people to get involved in their communities by volunteering. Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust are planning to expand the Action Team program to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Houston and Mobile during the 2007-08 school year.
An Action Team-related, school-based curriculum developed in partnership with The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States.
This Action Team event is an example of all the good that occurs in Camden, said Volunteers of America Delaware Valley President and CEO Daniel L. Lombardo. We are so pleased that Jimmy Rollins was able to give the children who attended so much of his time and attention, and Im certain they will remember it for years to come.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley operates 41 separate programs serving persons who are experiencing homelessness, seeking permanent housing, struggling with addictive behavior, coping with chronic mental illness and developmental disabilities, returning to society from the criminal justice, and dealing with domestic violence. For more information, call Volunteers of America Delaware Valley at (856) 854-4660 or visit www.voadv.org.
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps nearly 2 million people in over 400 communities. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart-and ultimately the spirit-of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.