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Arlington Youth Dynamics gets van grant from Community Transit
ARLINGTON Arlington Youth Dynamics was one of 10 organizations to benefit from the Snohomish County Community Transit Van GO van grant program this year.
Community Transit donated nine retired vanpool vehicles and one retired mini-bus Aug. 2, as part of its annual program to improve transportation throughout Snohomish County. The agency gives the vehicles to non-profit groups for free, so those groups can provide trips that supplement their existing services.
So many people have transportation needs around the county, particularly youth and seniors, said Richard Marin, chair of the Community Transit Board of Directors. These vehicles are leaving our fleet, but they can still make a big difference in peoples lives by allowing them to participate in social activities, as well as taking them to a variety of important appointments.
Marin credited the program with benefiting hundreds of individuals, including children with special needs who can now get to medical appointments, dozens of youths who now have rides to church events and seniors who can now enjoy a variety of outings.
Arlington Youth Dynamics Associate Director Stuart Delony explained that having an eight-passenger van allows their group far more flexibility to participate in activities.
Youth Dynamics is split into YD Adventures, which present young people with challenging learning situations through expeditionary trips, YD Communities, which offer students mentoring relationships at middle and high school campuses, and the Stonewater Ranch, a retreat center that can also serve as a church and camp.
Our vision is to see Northwest youth transformed by the power of Christ, integrated into the local church and impacting their world for him, said Arlington Youth Dynamics Director Bronco Huge. Our mission is to invite and challenge youth to a lifelong journey in relationship with Christ and his church.
Weve been using an old school bus and relying on volunteers with vehicles of their own, Delony said. Because the bus is so big, we only use it for really big trips. With a van, we can travel around town on a weekly basis, to places like parks. Even when we do take the bus for extended trips now, well have the van to store our gear in, like when we go rock climbing.
This is a tremendous program by Community Transit, Delony said. Weve been saving up for a van on our own, but this grant gave it to us a lot quicker than we would have had otherwise and were very thankful.
The Arlington Youth Dynamics offices are located on 326 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington and can be reached by phone at 360-435-0170, or on their Web site at www.yd.org.