Hope Street Academy students are volunteering their time this week to help make Sheltered Living’s largest annual fundraiser, the Festival of Trees, a success. Students in Hope Street’s volunteer program, United Hope, will be spending several hours each day performing a wide variety of volunteer activities such as baking treats, bagging snacks, preparing ornament kits, and assisting preschools and daycares with arts and crafts projects.
John Ratzenberger, Vice President of Development for Sheltered Living Inc., says “Hope Street has been an amazing support for our Festival of Trees event every year. It is a tremendous support for our organization just to have them come in and make this event possible for us.” The students’ help precedes the door-opening on Thursday. This year marks the 36th year for Sheltered Living’s Festival of Trees event in Topeka. Proceeds from this fundraiser help support Sheltered Living’s mission to “support the efforts of individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve independence and actively participate in the community.” We’re so proud of our Hope Street students for offering their time and talents to Sheltered Living.