When David McKinney was approached a year ago about the possibility of joining a loosely formed group called ‘Friends of the Village,’ a group of local community members charged with educating and raising awareness about Children’s Village, he jumped right in.
A natural collaborator and community ambassador, David knew his gifts and talents could be used to make a difference for special needs children and their families at Children’s Village.
“I get a lot of personal fulfillment from working on projects that build a sense of community,” he said.
As Friends of the Village grew, so did David’s involvement. At the same time, he was completing the Leadership Yakima program and was charged with putting together a service project that would benefit Children’s Village.
Drawing inspiration from a city-wide yard sale in Kirkland Washington became the Children’s Village Yard Sale. Community members could rent a space in the Children’s Village parking lot to host a yard sale or simply donate goods to be sold at the event.
Raising over $2000 for Children’s Village programs and ultimately donating truckloads of products to the Union Gospel Mission and the YWCA emergency women’s shelter made the inaugural event a screaming success.
“My hope is that as we educate the community about all the great things Yakima has to offer, the more support we can garner for special places like Children’s Village,” David said.