Giving back and providing support to our neighbors is a vital part of the Y’s commitment to social responsibility. Across the country, the Y offers opportunities to volunteer, advocate and support programs that strengthen community. The Y also believes in empowering people to make positive change right where the live, and invites individuals to submit project ideas by visiting ymcaoc.org/mfp, where community members from across the nation will be able to vote for their favorite project now through October 24, 2014.
Entries with the most votes will be reviewed by a panel of Y judges, and 10 finalists will be awarded funds to help make their idea a reality in their community. The Y will grant:
· -Three $5,000 awards
· -Three $1,000 awards
· -Four $500 awards
With the My Fresh Page Project, the Y hopes to support ideas that nurture the potential of children and teens, help promote community health and provide support to our neighbors. Ideas can range from classes for school groups on how to address bullying, Saturday morning neighborhood walks, book and supply donations for area schools in need and everything in between.
Entering is easy and can be completed in five steps:
1. Visit the YMCA’s My Fresh Page Project page and select “Enter” from now until October 24, 2014.
2. Fill out all the required fields.
3. Select the correct prize level to make your project a reality.
4. Describe the idea (500 words or less) and upload a photo or video.
5. Share your idea with others and encourage them to vote. Users may vote for an idea once a day through October 24.
“The Y is so much more than a gym. We are a committed community partner that understands that ideas large and small can have an impact in our communities,”
One My Fresh Page Project winner from last year was TomTod Ideas of Canton, Ohio, an organization that helps middle school students turn their ideas for creating social good into reality by pairing them with mentors who can help them acquire the skills and knowledge to achieve their goals. A $5,000 grant helped TomTod Ideas expand its program pool to more middle school students.
Do you have an idea that could have an impact on your community? Visit the Y’s My Fresh Page Project for complete rules or to submit an entry.