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Bright Beginnings

Help a child shine bright this school year.


Every child deserves to feel confident on the first day of school. Many kids in our community don’t have the proper clothes or school supplies – but you can help. YMCA Bright Beginnings takes children in need back to school shopping with community volunteers. We provide a gift card for volunteers to shop for clothes with a child one-on-one.

Many of us remember picking out a brand new backpack, outfit and purchasing supplies to get ready for the first day of school each year. Parents struggling to make ends meet cannot provide that experience, but we can still help children start the school year ready for success and make back to school special. Each year, the Y works with the staff at local Elementary Schools to identify the students who are most in need.

Both branches run this program in August every year: Hickory Foundation YMCA and the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr., YMCA,

Please contact Gerry Knox at [email protected] , YMCA of Catawba Valley to discuss how you can give back and support our youngest neighbors.


Bright Beginnings Student Application

Bright Beginnings Volunteer Contract