April 27, 2021
DENVER, Colo.— April is National Volunteer Month – a time for organizations to honor volunteers and recognize the irreplaceable impact they make on communities. Youth For Christ (YFC) is grateful to the many volunteers who have continued serving their local YFC chapter communities, despite the many limitations that have been put in place due to the pandemic over the past year.
According to Dan Wolgemuth, YFC president and CEO, there were thousands of leaders engaged in volunteering with YFC nationwide last year. “We have a vision to see 200,000 volunteers and leaders across the nation in order to reach one million kids,” Wolgemuth said.
“YFC has the tagline: ‘Give Life To Your Story,’” Wolgemuth continued. “When someone chooses to become a YFC volunteer, ministry partner or donor, they become part of the impact in the community, but the true impact happens in their own story.”
Nationally, YFC encourages their staff to find creative ways to use their talents to serve the ministry. A few creative examples that have been used this past year include:
- Organized local church drives for diapers for teen moms.
- Services that offer resources to students to assist with personality and work assessment profiles so they can be better equipped for the work force.
- Virtual meeting rooms created to lead a small group for local kids.
One YFC staff member who takes his role as a volunteer seriously is Vince Sarfraz, director of external marketing for YFC. “I am so thankful to work for an organization like Youth For Christ USA,” said Sarfraz. “I not only wake up to put my energy into a mission I care deeply about, but I also have amazing opportunities to serve the mission as a volunteer.
“My wife, Kristen, is on staff locally leading YFC ministry to teen parents and I get to be one of her volunteers. During the pandemic, I volunteered by driving our family SUV to deliver ice cream and pizza kits to kids participating in the YFC ministry.
“Also during the pandemic, I was able to help volunteer with a YFC location that wasn’t even in my zip code – but I helped virtually with a fundraising event. I realized during the pandemic that a collective of volunteers is so necessary to reach young people everywhere.
“I am thankful for all the volunteers not only at YFC but across the world who have a heart to volunteer their time to simply show up and be an agent of God’s amazing love and grace. Every time I have the opportunity to volunteer with YFC whether directly with students or indirectly, it recharges me and gives life to my story.”
Youth For Christ haschapters impacting thousands of communities across the nation that seek out and serve youth from all walks of life. Many teens are silently struggling through a variety of challenging issues—and now they see the living power of a loving God.
YFC encourages staff and volunteers to be good news while also sharing the stories of the Good News of Jesus. It involves building relationships through the ups and downs of everyday life in order to lead people to Christ.
YFC has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944, when the Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and it is always about the message of Jesus. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Youth For Christ operates in over 100 nations and has more than 160 chapters that impact communities across America.
To interview a Youth For Christ representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.