Bremen Youth Services, an organization that has helped the youth of the Bremen community since 1964, has a new president and the program is near and dear to his heart.
Oak Forest police officer Chuck Quinn, whose own children went through the youth services program several years ago, recently took over as president of the Bremen Youth Services Board of Directors. Quinn said that his family's time with the organization drove him to become involved—and he hasn't looked back since.
“They really took care of my kids and made me feel like I was part of a family, “ he said. “They were such an influence on my kids they wanted to keep coming back year in and year out. … I found out they had a board of directors and volunteered.”
He said that he's been on the board of directors for the past several years and vice president for the last three. Quinn stated that he specializes in fund raising and hopes to continue raising money for the organization.
“I will continue to strive to help them to fund raise and get bigger and better and help more kids,” he said.
Quinn said that the organization is "an amazing place," and that in his new role he has some big shoes to fill. Quinn was voted into the role after former president Joe Larmon stepped down. He said that under Larmon's leadership the organization has flourished and that he can only hope to follow in his footsteps.
He added that he has several plans for the organization and hopes to expand in the future, with the help of the board, families that participate in the organization and donors.
“Everyone there is great, they do a phenomenal job,” he said. “I hope to expand, to be able to help kids and families even more. This is all about helping the community and that has a cost, that's the only thing holding us back right now.”
Quinn also noted that he was honored to be a part of the organization and that he hopes for a bright future under his guidance.
“I'm extremely honored to have this new role and I can only hope to live up to the expectations that have been set,” he said.