Volunteer opportunities abound with the new Dearborn Young Professionals Club

After six months and 200 volunteer hours of service, the Dearborn Young Professionals Club has officially chartered with Kiwanis.

Like Kiwanis, the Dearborn YPC is a service-based organization. It differs in the fact that it meets less regularly than a Kiwanis club, at times and hours more suited to the schedules of young professionals working traditional 9-to-5 jobs.

"This allows the opportunity to the young professionals that are in the 20 to 40 to 50 age range to volunteer and make a difference in their community at times that make sense for their lifestyles," says Dearborn Young Professionals Club President Jen Romanowski.

"Our communities don’t get better unless we put the effort in."

The Dearborn YPC follows the Kiwanis 3-2-1 model. Each month, it ensures the opportunity for members to volunteer three hours, have two hours of social activities, and a one-hour formal meeting.

Though chartered in August, the group has been meeting since March. They have already volunteered with a host of area non-profits, preparing lunches at the Detroit Rescue Mission soup kitchen, cooking dinners at the Ronald McDonald House, passing out backpacks at Help’s On the Way Church, and much more.

The club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. This month’s meeting is Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Buddy’s Pizza in downtown west Dearborn.

The Dearborn Young Professionals Club is celebrating its official charter with a party at Park Place in Dearborn on Friday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $35 at the door and include a buffet dinner and dessert, cash bar, and local music from Acoustic Ash.

"It’s all about getting out into the community and making it a better place for our children," Romanowski says.

Visit Dearborn Young Professionals Club online to learn more about meetings and volunteer opportunities.

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MJ Galbraith is a writer and musician living in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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