YMCA offers $0 joining fee for donating a backpack

Staff Report

Now through Aug. 15, new members can join the Y for a $0 joining fee when they donate a new backpack. Now, when new members join the Y the membership includes all Y locations in North Carolina and Virginia. Branches of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina are collecting backpacks and school supplies to help students start the school year ready to learn. All supplies will be distributed through local nonprofit partners, schools, or the Y’s Bright Beginnings program.

“You can help a child have a better chance for success when you donate a new backpack,” said Carrie Collins, senior vice president/chief marketing and development officer for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. “Not every child has what he or she needs on the first day of school, but when a student is ready with the appropriate school supplies, they are able to focus on learning.”

The Y’s Backpack Campaign has grown over the years, collecting nearly 2,000 new backpacks in the seven counties with YMCA of Northwest North Carolina branches last year. Backpacks are distributed to community partners and the YMCA Bright Beginnings Program at various branches.

The YMCA Bright Beginnings program helps kids feel confident by making their first day of school special. Volunteers take children in need back to school shopping to purchase a new outfit and new shoes. Students also receive a new backpack and school supplies. The program is available at the Kernersville, Jerry Long, Statesville, Wilkes, and Yadkin Family YMCAs.

Donors may stop by their local Y to drop off a new, unused backpack. For potential members interested in joining the Y, the joining fee is $0 with a backpack donation through August 15. Donated backpacks must be new and never used.

The Y brings friends and neighbors together over shared interests in developing the potential of kids, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our community. Membership at the Y provides access to comprehensive wellness and aquatics facilities, group exercise classes, savings on programs such as Boot Camps, Summer Camp, Youth and Adult Sports, Swim Lessons and much more. Visit ymcanwnc.org or call 336-777-8055 to find a branch near you. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina offers financial assistance and never turns anyone away due to the inability to pay.

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