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2017-yav-orientation_5 Lacy Schimmel

Yes, Lacy Schimmel is in this photo of the 2017-18 YAV class! Read more about the program here.

Young Adult Volunteer

2018-07-20 Lacy S at GlacierWrap-up from our Young Adult Volunteer - Lacy Schimmel

This past year I have been living in Chinook, MT serving as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV). Through this program, I was placed with a host family and volunteered at different sites. The sites were the local elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as a preschool, senior center, retirement living complex (The Grand Villa), nursing home, 5 of the local churches, and Loaves and Fishes. They kept me very busy throughout the year, but I also was able to explore some other parts of Montana on my days off. One of my favorite sites that I worked with was the preschool - the kids were great, and the teachers were so nice. The host family I lived with was amazing, and while living there I got an inside look at what it is like to be a beekeeper.

2018-07-19 Lacy S going away party & gift in Chinook, MT by Jerry McGillivrayAt the elementary school, I helped in one of the kindergarten classrooms in the morning, helped serve lunch, and tutored 5th graders in math. At the middle/high school I tutored 7th graders in math. I got really good at 5th and 7th-grade math again! At the senior center, I helped set up, serve, and clean up lunch on Tuesdays. At the Villa I enjoyed coffee and conversation with the residents for about an hour on Mondays and Wednesdays; this was also one of my favorite times of the week, as I really got to know the residents. I am still in contact with some through Facebook. The nursing home was the site what I had the hardest time with because most of the residents didn’t remember us from week to week, so it was hard to build relationships. I helped on Thursdays during their activity time, and on Sundays when the local churches took turns doing the sermons, I helped with the church service. On Wednesday nights I helped with LEAP, which is the elementary school youth group. The kids who participated attended one of the 5 different churches in the community.
2018-08-19 Lacy Schimmel being welcomed at Bayside Presb Church, Virginia BeachI also helped with SonShine church school, which was on Wednesdays right after school. Once school was done, the local churches put on a summer lunch program called Loaves and Fishes. The kids would come for lunch and a Bible story, then after lunch, Lauren and I would have a game planned for them.

My time as a YAV gave me great experience to help in my new job as Director of Youth and Family Outreach at Bayside Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, VA. It also allowed me to build lifelong connections with some of the people I worked with. I will definitely be planning a trip back to Montana sometime in the future. As for now, I am getting settled in at my new job and apartment.

Lacy


 

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Lacy Schimmel was selected by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to be a Young Adult Volunteer for a year starting in August. YAVs live in the community they serve. Lacy will be joined by YAV Lauren LaMonica and the two will serve in various community-based ministries in Chinook, Montana. 

YAVs need to raise money to help with their year-long expenses. Funds are raised to support programmatic expenses, as well as stipends, health insurance, and food allowance. Any funds raised beyond the needs of the individual volunteer are used to support other volunteers and the general YAV program in Chinook.

Lacy explains how her decision to be a YAV came about:

Last summer I was a chaperone for Triennium (the national PC(USA) youth gathering) and the week's message was "GO". I learned about the YAV program from one of the booths in the exhibit hall. So as the week went on I kept hearing the call to go and do good, go and spread God's work. By the end of the week I knew I had to look more into the program and after looking at all the sites decided that there were a lot of great places that I could serve. I applied and got accepted to the Montana site which was my top choice. My full time job for the last 4 years has been working at a day program for adults with special needs and they have taught me that I can do any thing I put my mind to. So I'm taking a leap of faith and moving to Montana for a year.

Please consider helping Lacy with a financial gift. Click here to reach her blog and fundraising page. (You can alternatively give online as you normally would - just make a note that it is for Lacy; or write a check to First Pres and designate it for Lacy. We will forward the total.)

Proud of our YAV

2017-yav-orientation_5 Lacy Schimmel

Yes, Lacy Schimmel is in this photo of the 2017-18 YAV class! Read more about the program here.

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