What's Your Favorite Local Charity?
We highlight non-profits listed in our "Places" business directory.
Each parent is asked to name a local charity when he or she uploads a photo of a child aged 12 and younger, so we decided to use this week's You Said It: Rate Local Businesses column to highlight local charities and service organizations.
The food pantry can buy $6 worth of food for every $1 donated, so this might be an excellent choice for contest entries.
You may remember the organization's craft show during Hometown Days or their pink flamingos around town, but one of their biggest projects - Operation Santa - helps area needy families have happy holidays.
"Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center offers a line of programs catered to children, teens and families that need help in the Yorkville and surrounding area. Key areas that Aunt Martha targets are health, education, shelter and counseling," according to its Patch directory listing.
On top of being a veterans organization, the American Legion sponsors youth programs, scholarship opportunities and volunteer opportunities.
"This club sponsors and organizes various education and recreational programs throughout the year," according to the directory listing. "This organization aims to nurture a community of civic-minded and empowered future citizens."
"The Yorkville Lions Club was founded in 1939," according to its directory listing. "The Yorkville Lions Club provides support for visual, hearing and other assistance as needed by the neighbors within the Yorkville community and beyond."
Side note: Caring Hands Thrift Store is also listed in the Yorkville Patch directory, but store leaders are in the process of moving from the downtown location to a new (presently-being-renovated) location at routes 126 and 47. They're shooting to open the second or third week in November.
Like our business listings, readers can leave comments and ratings on "Places" listings for area charities and local community organizations. To review one, simply make sure you are signed into Yorkville Patch and click on the links above.