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How to Support the Y Without Getting Off the Couch

Mar 1, 2018, 13:29 PM by Molly Lord

It seems like these days there’s really not much you can’t do from the comfort of your own home. With the touch of a button, we can talk to friends across the globe or go shopping, take a yoga class or find career prospects.

So why should doing some good for your community be any different?  

During the YMCA of Boulder Valley's Community Support Campaign, it may seem overwhelming to get involved. Tons of events to attend. Tons of opportunities to give or volunteer. Even if you've already given, it can be intimidating and awkward to ask other people for money, even if you have been fundraising your whole life.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back with four ways you can show your support and raise money for the YMCA of Boulder Valley without getting off the couch.

donate to the Y from the comfort of your couch

AmazonSmile

Did you know that if you shop through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to a nonprofit of your choice?

Shopping using AmazonSmile is an amazing way to support charitable organizations while still getting all the benefits of shopping on Amazon. It’s super easy to set up, and it doesn’t cost you anything.

There’s no reason to not do it.

Just go to smile.amazon.com and select “Your Account” from the navigation bar. Once there, select the option to “Change Your Charity,” which can be found in the box titled, Shopping programs and rentals. From there, all you have to do is type in YMCA of Boulder Valley and select our organization. Once it’s set up, just continue shopping on Amazon as usual and when a purchase is eligible, a donation will be made.

Tell Your Y story

What is your Y story? Why do you love the Y? As you’re going out into the community to ask people to donate money to the Y, it’s important to be prepared. A substantial part of why people donate is based on emotional connection.
Type up your Y story and post it on Facebook. Find a picture of your favorite Y memory and put it on Instagram. Use all 280 characters on Twitter to share how the Y has impacted your life. Encourage people to ask questions about the Y, so you can get them invested in the cause.

Give

The Community Support Campaign is exactly what it sounds like: A community of people coming together to support those in need with everything from swim lessons to preschool. Give $10, $25 or $100. Or if you have $100,000 to donate, we will definitely put it to good use. At the Y, even a small donation has an impact. $50 can help a child learn to swim. Think about that: You can save a child's life. So give today. 

Change Your Facebook Photo Frame

A picture is worth a thousand words, so let people know you support the Y by updating your Facebook profile picture with our special YMCA of Boulder Valley photo frame. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse and your love of the Y is available for all to see. Visit the Facebook profile frame page and search for the YMCA of Boulder Valley. Select our photo frame and adjust it to make sure it fits your profile picture. It couldn’t be easier.

When you support the YMCA of Boulder Valley, you help make our community a better place. Last year, the Y provided more than $800,000 of financial support to families in need in our community. We want to make sure we can continue to provide this level of financial support to our families, and every little bit helps.

So get involved without leaving your couch and help make a difference.

Molly Lord is the communications intern for the YMCA of Boulder Valley.

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