Save a Youth OC.
Four small words, but what do they mean? The main goal of Save a Youth OC is anything but small. The non-profit organization was founded by Wendy Krommendyk. She is an Orange City resident, Iowa, a woman with a big heart and even bigger community plans.
Orange City is a small town in the Northwest corner of Iowa. It is a pleasant town; safe, clean, quiet. Something missing in Orange City, though, is a teen hang out. Save a Youth OC is aspiring to change that for the teens in the area. The vision is necessary but straightforward: create a safe place for local teens to hang out supervised that wouldn’t cost them or their parents a cent. Orange City is a growing community that is continually building new residential areas, attracting more families.
To begin raising funds to put toward developing the youth center for the Orange City community, This & That Thrift Shop was created. The Thrift Shop runs solely on the community's generous donations and its kindhearted volunteers, some of which are teens from the area. The Thrift Shop opened two years ago. Funds are accruing, but it has been a slow process that has not yielded the results Save a Youth OC is striving to achieve. For this reason, it has been decided to create this GoFundMe to increase awareness and reach a broader audience.
This youth center's creation will solely focus its attention on a demographic that is currently underserved in the area. It will be a place middle school and high school kids can safely interact with their peers, learn new skills, or even catch up on homework. A multitude of activities are anticipated at the youth center. Wendy hopes to include a pool table, crafts, board games, puzzles, a ping pong table, a study room, outdoor recreation activities, even a fully stocked kitchen for youth to try their hand at supervised baking and cooking.
The center would be open Monday-Friday evenings with anticipated weekend hours as well. A log-in system will be in place. Upon arrival and departure, the plan is to have the teens log-in which will send a text notification to parents. The system will provide peace of mind for parents to know their teenager(s) is in a safe place. Another great thing the youth center will provide is a voucher for the kids, which will allow them a free clothing item from This & That thrift shop. They can receive a voucher for every visit they make to the center.
The initial plan is to raise funds to build the youth center on the same property that the Thrift Shop is currently located, but recently Save a Youth OC has been made aware of a commercial building available. It’s located in the center of town and would work beautifully as the youth center. It would be much more cost-effective than building from the ground up, and by purchasing the building, the center could be up and running in a matter of weeks instead of years.
So, we are prayerfully reaching out to our community and beyond to raise the money to purchase the building and get the center up and running. Suppose we do not raise enough to purchase it before someone else buys it. In that case, all the funds raised will be designated toward building as planned or purchasing a different facility if one were to become available.
Be sure to stop in and shop This & That. Visit with Wendy about her dreams and plans to support the youth in Orange City. If you feel led, you can send a donation by visiting saveayouthoc.org.