My friend Olivia and I started a teen volunteer group called VIPs (Volunteers in Putnam (County)
When we heard that there are over 400 homeless kids in our county we wanted to do something. We decided to do a 24 Hour Famine, going hungry for 24 hours and getting sponsors. We recruited other kids through Myspace and the YMCA let us use their facility.
We ended up with 10 kids, all of them made if for the whole 24 hours. We raised $800 and the newspaper did a big story, so others now know about these kids living in terrible conditions.
The money was used for gift cards for the neediest kids, so they could by what they needed most. Kids were referred through United Way by local agencies.
Everyone wants to do it next year, only bigger.