November 30, 2019
By Haley Gordon
ELKINS — A running competition raised money for the YouthBuild North Central program, which helps young adults gain employment skills.
The Randolph County Housing Authority 40th Year Anniversary 5K and Kids Fun Run offered family fun while helping to support a good cause.
“Thank you (…) for making our kick-off 5K event a wonderful success,” Jennifer Griggs of YouthBuild said to the community in an official press release.
Griggs said the event was so well-received officials have already begun planning for next year’s 5K and Kids Fun Run.
“One of the highlights was the first-place prize in all the age groups; a handmade birdhouse build by the hands of our YouthBuild students with local materials,” said Griggs.
The YouthBuild North Central WV program began in 1996 with the purpose of assisting young adults in earning high school equivalent degrees and gain skills and experience.
“The following businesses helped keep event costs down so your race entry fee can go directly to supporting the YouthBuild North Central WV program,” Griggs said in the release.
The list of sponsors included Rich Mountain Trading and Pawn Company, All Seasons Real Estate, Tygart Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, College Park Book Club, 1201 Cross Fit, Amramp, Allegheny Insurance Services and Davis Health System – Food Services.
“When you support these local companies, please let them know how much you appreciate their supporting of YouthBuild North Central WV,” stated the press release.
The YouthBuild program strives to give young adults the tools to get a good job and keep it. YouthBuild attempts to strengthen the educational backgrounds of young adults, teach marketable skills and entrepreneurship and instill leadership values that relate to home, work and community in order to assist young adults with becoming responsible members of the community. The Randolph County Housing Authority has sponsored YouthBuild for more than 20 years.