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, bookbags, notebooks or anything else. Bright Beginnings aims to change that. With your support, we can help each child be positioned for success.
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
Becoming a Bright Beginnings Shopping Buddy requires no more than a ready smile, a few 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 by volunteering this August!
Shopping Dates For 2019
August 5th-9th, and August 12th-16th at various branches. All shopping expeditions begin at 5pm, except for the two shopping dates in Reidsville (Aug. 13th/5:45PM and Aug. 14th/12:45PM). You should block off 3 hours for the event.
All YMCA of Greensboro branches take part in Bright Beginnings in some capacity. If your branch is not listed on the online volunteer application, contact the branch directly to find out more about how you can help.
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!