By Aubrey Robinson, Emma Seibert, and Jasmine Finley

On December 12, 2019, the Young Adults Committee of the Riverbend Growth Association worked in Alton IL with Amy Miller, the director of SNIP Alliance.

Aubrey, Emma, and Jasmine chose to partner with SNIP to help animals in need within the Riverbend community. In our volunteer experience we cut holes in styrofoam coolers and storage totes, then put the coolers in the totes. Then we filled the coolers with hay to help keep cats warmer. Our experience will help the cats in the area who don’t have somewhere warm to stay over the cold winter have shelter.

This volunteer experience impacted the community in a big way. In the Riverbend area you can see many stray cats wandering the streets. This will help them have somewhere warm to sleep at night. SNIP Alliance provides spay and neuter services to people who can’t afford it. Not everyone can afford more than one pet, so limiting the amount of unwanted pet births helps lower the number of stray animals. By building these houses, the Young Adults Committee helped to show that anyone can help people and animals who are less fortunate, because it does not always take a lot.

Aubrey Robinson, Emma Seibert, and Jasmine Finley are the YAC Representatives from East Alton-Wood River High School. There are five different schools from the area who are a part of this organization: Alton High School, Civic Memorial High School, East Alton-Wood River High School, Marquette Catholic High School and Roxana High School. Each school has three representatives who chose a non-profit volunteer organization to collaborate with.

Aubrey Robinson is a senior who has been involved in the organization the past two years. She plays basketball and volleyball, and has been involved in many groups, such as Big Sisters, National Honor Society, and Spirit Club.

Emma Seibert is a junior and is new to the Young Adults Committee this year. She is on the cheer team at EAWR and is in the band. She is also involved in many extracurricular activities at school like Big Sisters and Saturday Scholars.

Jasmine Finley is junior and is new to the Young Adults Committee this year.  She is on the track team at EA-WR. She is also involved in many extracurricular activities at school like Big Sisters and Student Council. She also volunteers for the Wood River Lions Club in her free time.