A portion of the donations collected by Hopewell Valley YMCA teenagers.

Local teens participating in the Hopewell Valley Y’s Teen Leadership Program will be volunteering to serve meals at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen on Monday, March 5.

The teens will also bring donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products that they have been collecting at the Hopewell Valley YMCA administrative offices and on site at the Y’s before and after school programs at each elementary school.

Donations are being accepted until March 5. Community members interested in supporting the teens and TASK are encouraged to bring packaged food items (no glass jars please) or personal care products such as soap, shampoo or toothbrushes to the YMCA offices at 62 S. Main Street in Pennington. All items will be delivered to TASK and shared with those in need in the Trenton area.

This service project is one of several community initiatives led by the Y’s teens. Hopewell Valley Teen Leaders meet each month at the Y’s Youth Activity Center, also known as the YAC. The group is for teens wishing to make a difference in their community.

Group activities are driven by the teens and are centered around the goals of leadership training, personal growth, service to others and social development. Teens interested in participating in this or other YMCA activities are encouraged to contact the Y.

“It is amazing to watch the next generation of Hopewell Valley’s leaders step up like this to develop, plan and implement a service project and support our neighbors who are served by TASK,” board president Ryan Kennedy said. “We are blessed to have teens with the heart to accomplish this and I am thankful for the Y’s donors, benefactors and corporate partners who allow our charity to provide our Teen Center, and so many other programs to our community every day.”

Located on the first floor of the YMCA’s administrative offices in Pennington, the center is open to all Hopewell Valley teens in grades 6-12 from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit hvymca.org.