April may have been one of the rainiest months on record for Portland, but it didn’t put a damper on our volunteers’ efforts!

Several Swinerton volunteers kicked off the month of April by volunteering at New Avenues for Youth’s 7th annual Scoop-A-Thon on Tuesday, April 4. The Scoop-A-Thon happens once a year on Ben & Jerry’s National Free Cone Day at New Avenues’ two PartnerShop locations.

As an event sponsor, volunteers got to get behind the counter and scoop ice cream for an hour with New Avenues’ employed youth. This year’s goal was to raise $50,000 for job-training programs through donations and sponsorships. With The Swinerton Foundation’s help, New Avenues nearly hit their goal, raising $49,152.

New Avenues for Youth takes a complete approach to addressing youth homelessness and its root causes, delivering support and resources that enable foster, at-risk, and homeless youth aged 14-24 to overcome their barriers and realize their potential.

Thank you to the Portland team who volunteered their time for this worthy cause!