Frequently Asked Questions
What does DPYS stand for and what is it?
How did DPYS Start?
How can I make a donation to DPYS?
Who do I contact if I want to volunteer?
How is Danny's Place funded?
Who is on the Board of Directors and how often do they meet?
Will tax payer funds be required to keep Danny's Place operational?
What are all the committees or boards involved in running DPYS?
Who is the Youth Director?
What does the Youth Director do?
How does the Youth Director interact with the school and community?
Who supervises the kids?
What events are planned?
How can I be a Friend to Danny's Place?
What do volunteers do?
How much work is it to be a volunteer?
What are the fundraising goals of DPYS?
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What does DPYS stand for and what is it?
DPYS stands for Danny’s Place Youth Services. DPYS is a privately funded, non-profit local organization that runs an entertainmnet space for youth, called Danny's Place, and sponsors programs providing direct services to youth.

How did DPYS start?
Cindy and Jeff McCarthy wanted to create a living legacy to their 16-year old son, Danny, after he was killed in a car accident on April 10, 2003. They envisioned a teen center called "Danny's Place." Their friends and family started working with them to make their vision a reality.

How can I make a donation to DPYS?
You may send your tax-deductible contributions to the Daniel McCarthy Memorial Fund, PO Box 3088, Acton, MA 01720 or use the "Donation" link on our home page to donate on-line.

Who do I contact if I want to volunteer for one of the committees?
Either call 978-264-9754, send us an email at info@dannys-place.org, or send us regular mail at PO Box 3088, Acton, MA 01720-7088.

How will Danny's Place be funded?
Danny’s Place is privately funded. We plan to continue our Annual Appeal to residents in the towns of Acton and Boxborough and will also plan several fundraising events. A minimal anual fee is also charged to attendees.

Who is on the Board of Directors and how often do they meet?
The Danny’s Place Board of Directors members are Rod Hodgman, Ian Moncrieff, Jeff McCarthy, Cindy McCarthy, and Dave Wilson. The Board meets formally a minimum of once per quarter.

Will tax payer funds be required to keep Danny’s Place operational?
No tax payer funds are expected to be required to keep Danny’s Place operational for the first 5 years. The Danny’s Place Business Plan projects private funding for the first 5 years. After that period of time, an evaluation will be made to determine the funds needed to keep Danny’s Place operational.

What are all the committees or boards involved in running DPYS?
Danny’s Place Youth Services is managed by a Board of Directors, to whom a DPYS Youth Director Reports.

Who is the Youth Director?
Danny’s Place has hired Jonathan Kerr. The Youth Director is an experienced, competent and caring person with a passion for the mission of Danny’s Place.

What does the Youth Director do?
The Youth Director supervises the entertainment space called Danny’s Place. The Director may propose, plan and implement Danny’s Place programs that are not currently offered by other organizations.

How does the Youth Director interact with the school and community?
The Youth Director communicates the availability of programs and events for youth to community schools and organizations.

Who supervises the kids?
The Youth Director and Membership Administrator will supervise the kids at Danny’s Place. We also hope to involve parents, older students in the 11th and 12th grades, and seniors in volunteering their time to help out at Danny’s Place.

What fundraising events are planned?
Two Danny’s Place events have been held yearly and we intend to continue to hold them each year. We hold the annual Danny’s Juice Music Festival each spring and also hold an annual fundraising Golf Tournament. Also, during the school year, the center holds several concert events, 4th & 5th grade nights, Girls' Night Only and other such activities that help support the center in fundraising efforts.

How can I be a Friend to Danny's Place?
If you are interested in helping out with specific events or becoming a member of a planning team, please email us at info@dannys-place.org, call us at 978-264-9754 or send us regular mail at PO Box 3088, Acton, MA 01720-7088, and we will get in touch with you. It will be helpful to know if you are interested in event planning, fundraising or overall volunteering.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers help plan, coordinate and chaperone Danny’s Juice, play key roles in implementing major fundraising activities and help support the Youth Director and Membership Adminstrator at the center and during special events.

How much work is it to be a volunteer?
Individuals who would like to volunteer may indicate how much time they would like to give to our efforts. We have jobs where volunteers can help out for one event or help in the planning and implementation of every event.

What are the fundraising goals of DPYS?
In order to raise funds for Danny’s Place Youth Services, we will be pursuing grants from foundations and charities, applying for donations from private and commercial donation programs, conducting private benefactor solicitations and will also be continuing a capital campaign.