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Arlington Youth Dynamics raises funds to connect with kids

From left, Arlington Youth Dynamics Director Stuart Delony and area youth Justin Meehan take a moment to relax during a YD Adventures trip. -
From left, Arlington Youth Dynamics Director Stuart Delony and area youth Justin Meehan take a moment to relax during a YD Adventures trip.
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ARLINGTON Teens and adults alike will speak about the positive impact that Arlington Youth Dynamics has had in their lives, at the groups March 6 fundraising banquet at Haller Middle School.
Our goal for this year is to raise $35,000, said Stuart Delony, director of Youth Dynamics in Arlington. That pays for students scholarships, trips and other program expenses.
Delony echoed his predecessor, former Arlington Youth Dynamics Director Bronco Huge, who described it as the groups mission to see Northwest youth transformed by the power of Christ, integrated into the local church and impacting their world for him, as well as to invite and challenge youth to a lifelong journey in relationship with Christ and his church.
To accomplish these aims, Youth Dynamics is split into YD Adventures, which present young people with challenging learning situations through expeditionary trips, YD Communities, which visit middle and high school campuses to offer students mentoring relationships, and the Stonewater Ranch, a retreat center that can also serve as a church and camp.
Delony reminisced about some of his more difficult and rewarding experiences as a counselor, citing two boys from one of his retreats as an example.
At the end of the day, I would be giving a gospel message and these two would be punching each other, Delony said. When they started opening up, though, they shared their hearts and struggles. One was using drugs and the other felt abandoned and was thinking about death. They bared their souls to me and I let them know that there is more, because theyre never alone with Jesus. Theres a hurt and broken generation of kids out there and we need to invest in their lives.
Delony added that Youth Dynamics has recently started the Mud Hut, open from 2:30-6 p.m. on the top floor of the Legion Hall building, as a coffee shop and all-around entertainment center for youth, with pool and foosball tables and video-games.
Kids need places to hang out, other than in the parking lot of Safeway at 10 p.m., Delony said. They wont have any ambitions if we dont invest in them in turn.
The Arlington Youth Dynamics fundraiser banquet takes place March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Haller Middle School. The Arlington Youth Dynamics offices are located on 326 S. Stillaguamish Ave. in Arlington and can be reached by phone at 360-435-0170. You may also log onto their Web site at www.yd.org.
Further fundraisers:
Its the season of fundraisers.
Along with the Youth Dynamics fundraising banquet coming up on March 6 and the Silvana Fair Auction on March 8, the Arlington Boys and Girls Club is seeking donations for its 14th annual auction set for May 3 and the Village Community Services has announced its sixth annual Taste of Decadence will be May 2, with opportunities for volunteers to help out. The Center for Battered Women has also announced its Chocolate Lovers Gala at the Everett Events Center March 28.
Community of Hope, Housing Hope March 13
Housing Hopes Community of Hope Dinner will be at the Hawthorn Inn, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington, Thursday, March 13, with a social hour starting at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. The program will highlight Housing Hope programs with information about future projects in the Arlington area.
For information call 425-347-6556 or e-mail to Katie Kendall, at katiekendall@housinghope.org
Taste of Decadence, Village Community Services May 2
Donations, table hosts and volunteers are needed for the sixth annual Taste of Decadence fundraiser set for May 2 in Arlington. Volunteers may sign up for one- to four-hour shifts doing jobs such as table host, decorating, silent auction set up, dessert check- in, greeter and clean up.
Proceeds from the event help north Snohomish County adults with disabilities achieve their highest potential at home, work and in community life.
To volunteer call Michelle Date at 360-653-7752 ext. 14.
Taste of Decadence will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Smokey Point Community Church, 17721 Smokey Point Blvd. in Arlington.
Arlington Boys & Girls Club dinner, auction May 3
Donations are needed for the 14th annual dinner and auction to raise money for operations at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club. Proceeds support the programing at the club, providing services and activities for youth all year round.
For information on how to donate or to purchase tickets to the event, call the club at 360-435-4442.
Chocolate Lovers Gala, Center for Battered Women March 28
March 14 is the deadline for donations to the Snohomish County Center for Battered Womens 16th annual Chocolate Lovers Gala set for March 28.
CBW is dedicated to ending domestic violence by providing a wide range of services to victims and their children. CBW offers a 24-hour hotline, an emergency shelter that serves more than 300 women and children and transitional housing for 20 families. CBW also offers support groups for more than 1300 women and children and legal advocacy to more than 3,200 women and serves more than 400 children.
For information on how to donate or do purchase tickets call 425-259-2827 or e-mail to julie@snococbw.org.

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