August 29, 2014
At the Y, we’re dedicated to strengthening community by giving back and supporting our neighbors. One way we do this is by mobilizing people to make positive change right where they live. That’s the idea behind Togetherhood™, a new Y program for strengthening community through social responsibility.
Togetherhood invites Y members to organize and lead volunteer service projects to meet the needs they see in their neighborhoods. It’s a simple, fun and rewarding way for members to give back. Projects can be big or small, from running a clothing drive to cleaning up a park.
Togetherhood also helps members improve their own well-being as they use their time and talents for the good of others. They can meet people who share similar interests, better understand local challenges and assets, and build a deeper sense of belonging to their community. The initiative will be available at YMCAs across the U.S. in 2015, but a handful of early adopters are already making significant contributions in their neighborhoods. Members of the Central Bucks Family YMCA in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, helped build a new Habitat for Humanity home, contributing to a larger community initiative and improving the quality of life for one area family.
Dozens of members from the Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, spent time at a veterans housing facility where they shared home-cooked meals and entertainment with more than 30 veterans.
To learn more about how you and your Y can work together to create positive change in your community, speak with Y staff about possible community service projects or visit ymca.net/togetherhood.
The Y wants to help. Starting September 3, submit your idea for a community service project through the Y’s My Fresh Page Project and you could receive up to $5,000 to make it happen. Enter today at ymca.net/somuchmore.