While the holiday season has just passed, Pulaski County Youth Services is hoping the hearts of local residents will still be in a generous and giving attitude.

Charles Mobley, director of Youth Services, said the program hopes to get donations now because PCYS’ mission is to provide services to disadvantaged youths.

"In 2014, our goal is to continue to offer programs free of charge through grant funding, fundraising events, and especially through donations like yours," Mobley said.

Mobley said donations are accepted both large and small.

"Give $50 and your dollars could help provide a youth with books to help train them to become better at ACT test-taking strategies," he said. "Give $75, and your donation could give three seats on a College Tour. Give $125, and your gift could connect a youth child with the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument, which is proven to increase their grades and social skills."

Mobley added, "Give $250, and your gift could enroll three participants today in Youthonomics."

All proceeds benefit Pulaski County Youth Services programs and youth enrolled, he said.

People can also help program youth by donating their time in volunteerism.

In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was formed to award the valuable contributions of volunteers.

"The Presidential Service Award is a high honor given to thank and recognize individuals with a strong commitment to volunteer service at a national level," Mobley said. "Volunteers are an integral part of our organization, that’s why in 2010, PCYS became a certifying organization for this award."

Volunteer opportunities available include clerical work, fundraising , afterschool tutoring, mentors, special events community outreach and volunteer guest speakers.

To apply, donate, volunteer, or learn more about eligibility in PCYS programs, contact the office at 340-8250.