B'ville: In their time of need

Unlike other youth groups, Maureen's Hope Youth Club is flexible by making meeting times conducive with the busy schedules of students that also are involved in sports.

"A lot of the clubs that are involved with community service projects meet right after school and it's tough for kids that play sports to get involved. Our club usually meets on Sunday afternoons," said Connor Bertrand, who was involved with spearheading the Baldwinsville group.

What's next

The youth club is currently collaborating with the Junior Elks and the Key Club at Baker High School to host a "Bowl-A-Thon" fundraiser on March 1 for a three-year-old girl in the midst of a two-year battle with cancer. The kids hope to use some of the money raised to help lighten a few of the family's burdens. Projects like these leave members humbled as to how much easier it is to give than to receive.

"Our youth are our future and teaching them about compassion and learning to look outside of themselves is one of the greatest gifts we can give them," Susan Bertrand said. "Kids love to give back and help, and Maureen's Hope Youth Club provides an outlet for them to get involved. We have such wonderful kids in our community."

Maureen's Hope Foundation Maureen's Hope Foundation has been able to provide more than 220 baskets to cancer patients over the past four years. The organization has also provided patients with a cleaning service for their home, meals for the family, a wig and/or hats, complementary therapy such as reiki or massage, and assistance with fundraising events to help families with medical expenses.

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