Bright Beginnings ~
At the Y we believe that every child should start the school year ready to excel. We believe that success starts from day one and we know our community can come together to help all of the children in our city achieve success.
Please contact Elizabeth Minehart, YMCA of Greensboro Director of Annual Campaigns and E-communication, to discuss how you can give back and support our youngest neighbors.
How it Works
Before school starts, the Y invites eligible children to participate. Children meet at their local Y on their assigned shopping date. They are paired with a volunteer shopping buddy, have dinner and head to their local store. Together, the child and shopping buddy shop for much needed new school clothes. Children are also given a new backpack and grade-appropriate school supplies. Shopping buddies escort the children back to the bus and return to the Y to their waiting parents.
Make a Donation
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 send 500 children from the YMCA of Greensboro shopping this August. 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.
Be A Shopping Buddy
Shopping Buddy Dates For 2018: August 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 (12-3pm and 5-8pm), 16, 20, 21, and 23rd. All shopping dates and times are in the evening unless otherwise noted.
This year's shopping dates are completed. Please check back in July 2019 for more information about Bright Beginnings 2019.
Becoming a Bright Beginnings Shopping Buddy requires no more than a ready smile, three hours of your time, and the desire to help a child. Individuals and small groups are always welcome. Take an active role in nurturing the potential of our youth and volunteer this August!
Become a Backpack Buddy
Each child who shops with YMCA Bright Beginnings receives a backpack and grade appropriate school supplies. Your business, organization, or family can partner with the YMCA and fill backpacks appropriate for children in grades 1st-12th. Pick up a supply list at any store and purchase those items and return it to your local Y by August 1st or check out our Bright Beginnings Needed Supplies List.
Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!