The local 100 Youth Who Care group celebrated its second anniversary last night with a $2,000 donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation — the largest single gift to date — and, of course, a big cake.
That brings the amount of donations made by 100 Youth Who Care - Central York Region to more than $5,700 to charitable organizations in our community whose services impact children and youth.
“You continue to amaze me,” said guest speaker Laurie Brakeboer, founder of partner organization 100 Women Who Care - Central York. “You inspire me, you make me realize the potential of the future — just think of what you can do as adults.
“You are making a huge difference in our world.”
The giving back formula is simple: the group meets for one hour four times a year, with each member contributing $10, totalling $40 for the year, adding up to $4,000 in donations to four local charities annually.
All of the money raised from the members, as well as sponsors, goes to the non-profit organizations, which are chosen by vote at each quarterly meeting.
At its anniversary meeting Nov. 21 at the RBC branch at 17770 Yonge St., the members chose Kerry’s Place Autism Services as its next recipient.
Other agencies supported by 100 Youth Who Care - Central York are Welcoming Arms, Blue Door Shelters, CCAA, Newmarket Food Pantry, Abuse Hurts, Autism Ontario and 360kids.
Currently at 37 members, the group welcomes new members aged 10 to 17 from Newmarket, Aurora and East Gwillimbury who want to make a difference in their community, as well as new sponsors.
Current sponsors include RBC, which provides a quarterly meeting space, realtor Kristina Clement, and TriCan Contract.
“Our vision as we move into our third year of our now well-established group is to grow our membership, as the more youth (who join), the more we can give and help other youth in our communities,” member Marisa MacDonald said, when the group recently attended the 100 Women Who Care - Central York Region meeting.
As well as working with other youth to create positive change locally, the group provides its members with an opportunity to enhance leadership and communication skills, and connect with like-minded families and youth in the community.
To join, submit an online registration or download the form.
100 Youth Who Care -CYR is a volunteer, non-profit group that belongs to an international 100 Who Care movement.