The Youth Advisory Council has received a $475 grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation to provide housewarming gift baskets to families moving into homes built by Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.
The grant supports the council’s project for the 2011-2012 school year, which is to work with Youth United, the youth program of Habitat for Humanity. Members of the council have helped build a Habitat house and are holding fund-raisers to augment the grant for gift baskets, said Regina Mundy, the chair of the Youth Advisory Council.
“We plan on making 10 to 20 baskets, depending on how much money we are able to fundraise,” Mundy said. “When the families move in, we will provide them with house warming baskets filled with various items, both kid- and adult-friendly, that would make the family feel more at home and more comfortable as they move into their newly built house.”
The Youth Advisory Council was created by the City Council in 1989 to give high school students an opportunity to become more aware of local government and become involved in local issues by participating in community activities.
Youth Advisory Council members also participate in approximately 40 hours of community service and select an annual project to implement.