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Adam Ottavino and Steven Souza, Jr. Help Players Trust Brighten Birthdays

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Adam Ottavino and Steven Souza, Jr. made appearances this month at birthday parties that Volunteers of America and the Players Trust hold for disadvantaged kids living in VOA facilities for low-income, transitional and homeless people.

This was the first year that the Players Trust has funded VOA’s Brightening Birthdays program, which provide children, regardless of socioeconomic background and living situation, an opportunity to celebrate their birthdays like other kids.

Vitas Healthcare and Volunteers of America Team Up to Help Florida Veterans Transition to Permanent Housing

VITAS' Donation of Apartment Starter Kits to Benefit 1,000 Local Veterans
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COCOA, FLA., Nov. 20, 2015/3BL Media/  – VITAS Healthcare Corporation, the nation’s leader in end-of-life care, is partnering with nonprofit Volunteers of America to help Florida veterans transition from shelters to permanent housing. With its donation of 1,000 Apartment Starter Kits for veterans participating in Volunteers of America’s Veterans Transitional Housing Programs in Cocoa, Miami, Key West and Punta Gorda, VITAS’ support is made possible through its participation in CBS EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program.  

The Action Team As My Family

by Ryker Wakeley
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If there was one word to describe the Action Team, it would have to be “family.” The people you meet and the experiences you have all build upon who you are, and the Action Team is there to help facilitate that growth — much like a family would.

Players Trust Ends Summer of ‘15 on a High Note

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It was a banner summer for the Players Trust programs that engage kids in their communities when school is out.

Buses for Baseball brought underserved kids to the ballpark, through City Clinics players helped inner-city kids learn the game, Action Teams partnered with players to serve their communities and Operation Backpack ensured that some of the neediest children will have sufficient school supplies when they return to the classroom.

Chris Young Assists with Operation Backpack in NYC

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Before heading to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, veteran outfielder Chris Young detoured downtown to stuff school supplies into backpacks for homeless kids and shine a spotlight on Volunteers of America’s annual Operation Backpack program.

The Greater New York VOA affiliate recruited volunteers like Young over a three-week long period to help in sorting supplies and assembling backpacks for distribution to shelters.

Action Teams Gearing up for 2015-16 School Year

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It’s almost Action Team time. The beginning of the school year is when existing Action Team Captains – those high school students who plan and organize Action Team events in their school and community – are busy planning how they’ll make a difference during the year.  It’s also when students are forming new Action Teams at high schools across the country, and, in the process – whether they know it or not – of building a legacy that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

Action Team’s Newest TV PSA Featuring Giancarlo Stanton & Chris Capuano to Make Network Debut During Tonight’s MLB All-Star Game on FOX

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NEW YORK,  July 14, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The Action Team national youth volunteer program’s newest public service announcement will make its network television debut during this evening’s FOX broadcast of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game (Coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET). 

The public service announcement features MLB All-Star outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees pitcher, Chris Capuano.

Players Join Action Team Captains to Provide Facelift for Low-Income Playground

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Nationals players Aaron Barrett, Craig Stammen and Michael Taylor joined Action Team high school volunteers this week to give a fresh coat of paint to a playground that serves an apartment complex for low-income families.

More than 80 kids live at the Eastern Avenue Apartments, an 88-unit complex for low-income families that is operated by Volunteers of America’s Chesapeake affiliate. While the paint was drying, the players and Action Team Captains joined the kids in games of wiffle ball, basketball and jump rope. 

LaTroy Hawkins and Action Team Captains From Denver Host Graduation for Homeless Youth

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DENVER – When 13 young people graduated from a Volunteers of America program that strives to equip homeless youth with the skills they’ll need to be self-sufficient, Rockies pitcher LaTroy Hawkins and 14 local high school volunteers from the Action Team national youth volunteer program were there to celebrate their achievement.

Brunswick Action Team Captains score a trip to Fenway

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As part of Players Trust and Volunteers of America’s Action Team recognition efforts, Brunswick (ME) Action Team Captains recently attended a Boston Red Sox game, including pregame batting practice.

The Brunswick Action Team used their trip to historic Fenway Park as an opportunity to chronicle their activities throughout the school-year by producing their very own Action Team highlight video.  And as you’ll see in the video, the Brunswick Action Team sure had a busy and productive year.

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