Bright Beginnings

At the Y, we believe that every child should start the school year ready to excel. Unfortunately, there are many youth in our community who start school without the supplies they need - whether that be clothes, book bags, notebooks or anything else. Bright Beginnings aims to change that. With your support, we can help each child be positioned for success.


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How It Works

Like most everything else, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way Bright Beginnings normally runs. But just because school is different this year doesn't mean children don't need supplies. In fact, the need this year is even greater as many families have faced job loss or reduction in hours. Before school starts, the Y invites eligible families to participate. We'll develop a wish list on Amazon and Target, and the Y (with the help of donors) will purchase these items and create back-to-school packages for families.

There is no cost to the child’s family to participate. We count on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations, and we are determined to help 500 children with school supplies this year. But we need your help. All donations are greatly appreciated; sponsoring 10 children ($1,500) or even just one or two children at $150 each, makes a difference.


Contact Kim McKone, Director of Outreach with any questions at 336.854.8410.