Join the Flock
Celebrating a Duck-ade of Fun in 2017

The YESS Duck Derby is celebrating its 10th year and a "duck-ade of fun" in 2017! Are you ready make this our most spec-quack-ular year yet?

Thanks to thousands of friends like you that "joined the flock" over the last 10 years, this event has raised more than $2.5 million to date and helped us impact more than 12,000 kids lives when they needed it most.

The simple act of "adopting" a rubber duck makes sure kids in our community always have a safe place to turn. It provides kids with a warm bed and nutritious meals. It connects children with healing and creative expression when their lives have been thrown into chaos. As we enter our 10th year of racing these little rubber ducks , we need you to "join the flock" more than ever!

For as little as a $5 donation to YESS, you can provide hope to children in crisis and enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes including $10,000 cash, courtesy of PDM Precast.

Once you've adopted your ducks, be sure to join the fun on Saturday, May 6th at the Jordan Creek Town Center lake. You can enjoy free activities for the whole family and cheer your ducks on to victory during the big race!

So what are you waiting for?! It's time to join the flock!

Adopt a Duck
Even $5 makes a big difference for vulnerable children, and enters you to win $10,000 cash! Adopt your ducks today.

We need a lot of help to make the big race a success! Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Start a Team
Friends, colleagues, and organizations are teaming up to fundraise for our kids.
Click here to create your own team.

Mark Your Calendar
You won't want to miss the big event on May 6th, including free family fun and 35,000 rubber ducks racing for kids in crisis!

Spread the Word
Invite your friends to #JoinTheFlock on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Learn More
Visit to learn more about the event, or go to to find out how we keep kids safe.
March Talent Show  

The kids at YESS celebrated the changing seasons by hosting a spring-themed talent show earlier this month. The theme not only celebrated the warm and sunny days coming soon, but also incorporated messages about change, growth, and new beginnings.

You can listen to just a few highlights from the March Talent Show including youth performances of "You Are My Sunshine," "Hallelujah," and "Lean on Me" in the video below. You can also see some of the amazing artwork displayed during the show that was created by children of all ages during their time in shelter. 

Would you like to support the Music and Art Therapy programs at YESS? Consider making a financial contribution or donating needed items that make these programs possible!


Help YESS receive $5,000 with the click of a button!

YESS was nominated to be a part of Farrell's Charity Challenge, a March Madness-style giving event where you cast a vote for your charity of choice. YESS has nearly made it to the final four, but we need votes from friends like you to keep going.

Save the Date 
YESS Human Foosball League
Friday, September 29, 2017
Ready to "play it forward" for kids in crisis? More details coming this summer!

Careers at YESS

Do you want to make a difference in kids lives? Consider joining Team YESS! 

We are currently accepting applications for Resident Advisors. These members of Team YESS provide day-to-day support for infants, children, and teens living in our emergency shelter.  Visit the YESS Careers Page for more information. 
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