The Youth United Way and the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri will hold Dog Day Afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 2 at the Humane Society, 2536 Boutin Drive in Cape Girardeau.
The Youth United Way, a United Way initiative, helps youths build an understanding of community needs while spreading volunteerism throughout the whole youth community. YUW consists of students from each of the five area schools at sophomore, junior and senior standing.
The open house will allow Humane Society staff to answer any questions families might have about the animals or the program itself, while youth volunteers assist with ongoing activities and promote volunteerism.
Free events for the whole family include the Puppy Pampering Center, Wild Woofin' Walk, Furry Friends Funtown, prizes and The Canine Catering Center providing food for volunteers and visitors.
"Seeing the facilities and spending time with the animals will give visitors the opportunity to gain an increased awareness of the needs of the Humane Society and possibly consider the benefits of volunteering regularly," said Amy Sappington, senior member of the Youth United Way.
Cheryle Dillon of the Humane Society said, "It is important to get young people involved in the community. Youth volunteerism is something that should be encouraged by parents so children will grow up with a sense of wanting to contribute to the community."
The event will be funded by a $900 grant from the Missouri Community Service Commission, written and applied for by Youth United Way.
"We are thrilled to see the youth directly involved in the grant-writing process and also in the planning and implementing of this event," said Marla Mills, assistant director of the United Way of Southeast Missouri.
The United Way of Southeast Missouri serves as the leader in uniting people and resources around health and human service issues to build a stronger and healthier community. For more information, contact the United Way of Southeast Missouri by calling 334-9634, visit the Web site at www.unitedwayofsemo.org, or call the Humane Society at 334-5837.