SOAR Youth Ministries Receives $15,000 From Cellular Sales

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Knoxville-based Verizon Wireless retailer supports local children in need

Volunteers at SOAR seek to encourage and educate children in a safe, loving environment.

The volunteers at SOAR have a passion for underprivileged youth and want to make a difference in their lives.

SOAR Youth Ministries, a 501(c)3 organization that caters to at-risk youth in the Lonsdale area, has announced it received a donation of $15,000 from Cellular Sales, the nation’s largest Verizon premium wireless retailer based in Knoxville.

SOAR Youth Ministries helps youth through three main programs: PREP (Providing Real Educational Possibilities) After School, Prep Summer and LAMP (Lighting a Mentoring Path). All of these programs seek to encourage, educate and grow children in a safe, loving environment. SOAR Youth Ministries has been serving youth in the Lonsdale area since 1993.

“The volunteers at SOAR have a passion for underprivileged youth and want to make a difference in their lives,” said Clayton Wood, executive director of SOAR Youth Ministries. “With the help of Cellular Sales, we get closer to that goal every year.”

Cellular Sales has supported SOAR Youth Ministries for three years. The funds will be used for the organization’s summer program, Prep Summer. The program aims to fulfill academic needs for children and helps prevent learning loss that sometimes occurs over the summer. According to Wood, the children in the program not only retain the information they learned at school the year before, but they continue to learn so they will be better prepared the following school year.

Cellular Sales will also sponsor the annual SOAR Golf Tournament. The tournament gives supporters and residents the opportunity to have fun and raise additional funds for a good cause. The event will be held this year on Monday, July 2 at Gettysvue Golf Course, 9317 Linksvue Drive.
“SOAR Youth Ministries is always looking for volunteers with a willing heart,” said Wood. “Jobs include meals, tutoring, reading and sports programs, worship team, field trip help and community outreach.”
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit http://soaruponwings.com/.

About Cellular Sales
Cellular Sales is the nation’s largest Verizon premium wireless retailer. Founded in Knoxville, Tenn. in 1993 by University of Tennessee graduates, Dane and Meg Scism, the company currently operates almost 500 locations. For more information about Cellular Sales, visit http://www.joincellularsales.com or http://www.cellularsales.com.

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