Four Ways To Give!
One of the main questions we are asked by members of the community is "How can I help the Youth Center?" We love this question, and we are so grateful that you are looking to help our kids! Below we've made a list of four types of giving that are incredibly helpful to us at the Youth Center:
Monetary donations are crucial to the success of any nonprofit organization. These funds help us maintain our building, purchase new equipment and supplies for our activities and programs, and ensure that the Youth Center is able to best serve our community. We accept monetary donations in many ways. You can donate easily on our website, you can click the ‘donate’ button on our Facebook, or you can even mail a check directly to us at P.O. Box 469 Glens Falls, NY 12801. However you are able to donate, and whatever the amount, your donations are what help keep nonprofits like us in the community!
Share our Mission:
There has been a shift in recent years when it comes to securing monetary and product donations, especially from large corporations. One of the first questions we are asked when we approach a company is often “Can you send us your website and social media links?” Social media has become a way for these companies to get a visual representation of what we do, how we do it, and the impact we make. So how can you help? Following our social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube in the near future), liking and interacting with our posts, virtually ‘sharing’ our fundraisers and updates on your page, all of these will help validate our reach within the community we serve. Our website is full of information, blog posts, and updates. Subscribing to our newsletter is also a great way for us to share our mission and programs.
Support our Programs:
We run several programs throughout the year and this year our focus has been on Education, Food Security, and overall Health and Wellness.
With the pandemic, Education is going to be incredibly important to help our kids work through any learning loss as a result of remote learning and the abrupt end to the spring semester. We are putting a big emphasis on STEAM and hands on learning, including raising fund for a 3D printer, and offering virtual reality headset and iPad experienced learning.
Our health and wellness program provides hygiene products to our members, free of charge. These products range from skincare, shampoo, deodorant, even makeup and workout clothes and socks. Any of these items are always helpful to receive as a donation! Remember, we serve a variety of ages, so sizes range from middle school to high school, for both boys and girls. *We do ask that any product donations be new and/or unopened.
Did you know that the Youth Center provides snacks and dinner to our members each and every day, completely free of charge? We have been so fortunate to have a good majority of our food be supplied by Patty Bethel (Cooper’s Cave), Amy Whiteman Brown (Whiteman Chevrolet), and John O’Brien (O’Brien Insurance), but with the pandemic this year, we could certainly use more assistance supporting this program. Really helpful donations include grocery gift cards (we shop at the Hannaford on Quaker Rd), unopened food donations to the Youth Center, and even donated dinners from local restaurants (arguably a favorite for the kids).
With the pandemic we have had to start offering our meals in to-go containers, so we have shifted to offering easy to carry, easy to take home meals and snacks.
Some snacks and types of packable foods we always like to have on hand:
-Welch’s Fruit Snacks
-Canned soup (Chicken Noodle, Tomato)
-Bags of individual snack bags (Chips, goldfish, cookies, pretzels)
-Velveeta Mac and Cheese
Volunteer a Service:
Right before the pandemic we were just starting our Guest Speaker series where we would have members of the community come in and speak with our members to either teach them a skill, offer career advice, or expand their world view. Obviously in an effort to keep the kids safe, we have had to pause visitors at the Youth Center for the time being, but we are looking to try and set up some virtual Q&A’s to add to our upcoming Youtube channel to continue to keep the kids inspired and engaged. Do you have the ability to help educate our members? Let us know!
However you are able to give, please know that your generosity is so incredibly appreciated by all of us at the Youth Center. Many of the children we serve fall well below the poverty line, and getting a warm meal and a fresh pair of socks may not seem like a lot to most, it can mean everything to these kids. Please reach out to Carly and Molly if you have any questions about a donation!