The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.
Located at John Muir Elementary School and recently Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School, the Western Addition Beacon Center (WA Beacon), a program of the Buchanan YMCA, provides quality after-school programming for youth and also serves as a community center addressing the specific needs of the Western Addition community. Our Mission is to enrich the lives of community members and to ensure the healthy development of young people. We offer a wide array of lunch time and after-school programming, including academic support, college preparation, computer and media technology, cultural arts and events, recreational activities that foster mental and physical health, and referral based case management. We also recognize the importance of family and adult services and work to serve the entire community. The Western Addition Beacon Center thrives to inspire youth and uplift the community through our ability and willingness to address the most critical community need s.