TOGETHERHOOD
A Member-led Community Service program

Together, we're building a better us!

Through TOGETHERHOOD:

Neighbors and community partners are engaged in our cause and work side by side to identify and address community needs.

Members enhance their well-being, forge new friendships and discover a greater sense of purpose. 

The program is run through our YMCA of Greenville branches as a partnership between a committee of members and a Y Staff Advisor. It is designed to be a simple, fun and rewarding way for members to identify ways that they can give back and support their neighbors through their own ideas, skills and energy, and the network of the Y.

The Y nurtures meaningful friendships among people from diverse backgrounds to contribute to a stronger and more inclusive society. 

Volunteer now and make our community a better place. To request additional information, to volunteer or have a question answered, email: info@ymcagreenville.org  

 

YMCA OF GREENVILLE TOGETHERHOOD PROJECT:
2017 Spring / Summer Projects include:

Name of Project:  Shoes for Sharing
YMCA:  GHS Family YMCA
Partner:  Shoes for Sharing  
Date:  Wednesday, April 19  / 8 a.m./ Furman University
Goal of Project:
The Special Olympics is taking place at Furman University and the GHS Y will be there to help size these incredible people for a new or gently used pair of athletic shoes that we have collected over the past months.

Name of Project:  Play It Forward
YMCA:  Eastside Family YMCA
Partner:  Leadership Greer and Greer Housing Authority
Date:  Late May 2017
Goal of Project:
Play It Forward is an initiative of Leadership Greer.  Over $53,000 was raised to redo a playground at a Greer Housing Authority.  We will volunteer to do mulch, plant flowers, build benches and picnic tables.  

Name of Project:  Camp Items For Campers
YMCA:  Camp Greenville
Partner:  Calvary Children's Home, Frazee Dream Center, Miracle Hill Children's Home  
Date:  April 23 - May 7, 2017- Collection dates / Distribution dates:  May 8
Goal of Project:  
To collect enough camp items for 75 youth who don't have the means to have these items. Items specifically closed-toe water shoes and sleeping bags are needed items at camp for safety at the lake and warmth during the night. Volunteers will pick up items on May 8th and deliver to children's group homes that day.

Name of Project:  PB&J Kids Fun Run  
YMCA:  George I. Theisen Family YMCA
Partner:  North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry   
Date:  Saturday, June 2, 2016, / 6 p.m. / Travelers Rest Methodist Church
Goal of Project:  
We are collecting jars of peanut butter and jelly.  We are hosting a PB&J Kids Fun Run with the entry fee being a jar of peanut butter or jelly.  These items will be donated to the North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry to aid in the high demand of these items in the summer months while kids are out of school. 

Name of Project:  Helping Others  
YMCA:  Youth In Government and Teen Achievers
Partner:  The Family Promise Network  
Date:  Collection dates - Feb. 27 - March 19, 2017
Goal of Project:  
Partnering with YIG and Teen Achiever students, local YMCA branches and The Family Promise Network in four areas throughout the state to hold an item collection drive in late February/early March and an assembly event on March 19. The drive would collect items the homeless clients may need to transition from the FPN transitional housing program to their next step. We will be collecting a kitchen trash cans, trash bags, household cleaners, kitchen towels, and other necessities in a transition kit which would then be provided to the clients as they leave they exit the program.

Togetherhood - Activating People for Good
The Y's Togetherhood program connects people from all backgrounds to plan and carry out volunteer projects that address a real need in our community.

Benefits of Volunteering
Good for you.  Volunteering can improve personal well-being, build relationships, and provide an outlet to discover purpose.  Research shows that volunteers experience wellness benefits, including lower depression, improved mood and self-esteem, less stress, better health and lower mortality rates.  

2016 Projects include:

YMCA OF GREENVILLE TOGETHERHOOD PROJECTS 
Name of Project:  West End Clean Up
YMCA:  Eastside Family YMCA, Taylors, SC
Partner:  United Way Hands On Greenville     
Date:  Saturday, April 30 2016

We had 17 volunteers join to help clean up an elderly family’s backyard.  Husbands, wife's, brothers and sisters joined in downtown Greenville, SC to help clean up the West End as part of Hands on Greenville Day. We worked for 3 hours raking, cutting hedges, pulling up weeds, and cleaning out this elderly family back yard.  This family uses their back yard as an oasis for neighborhood friends and families to gather to pray, meditate, and rejoice. Cleaning up their back yard allowed for the family to continue offering this place for others. 
Overview: Storyboard with pictures.

Name of Project:  Poverty Simulation
YMCA:  Y Teen Achievers & Youth in Government
Partner:  Triune Mercy Center
Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2016

This Togetherhood project was a two-part series. We received a tour and presentation of needs and services at Triune Mercy Center. At the end of several presentations, Triune leadership gave use a list of items they need for hygiene kits and for transitional housing kits. They have never done the housing kits before, so they are excited to have us help. Students will collect donations between April and May. On May 14th, all items will be assembled into kits. Additionally, we will have a poverty simulation led by Beth Templeton, and we will have Deb Richardson-Moore come and speak.
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures

Name of Project:  DuPont Forest Trail Clean Up    / CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
YMCA:  YMCA Camp Greenville
Partner:  DuPont State Forest                                            
Date:  Saturday, May 21, 2016

The YMCA Camp Greenville volunteers will hit the trails and serve the DuPont State Forest, state park visitors, and community by assisting Rangers with trail clean-up. 

Name of Project:  Speak for Animals  
YMCA Judson Community Center
Partner:  Speak for Animals                                                 
Date:  Saturday, May 21, 2016, / 9 a.m.- noon

The Judson Community Center will assist Speak for Animals. Speak For Animals is a nonprofit group that meets at the Judson Community Center every third Saturday of the month.  Their volunteer's canvas the neighborhood and work with the residents to get their pets spayed or neutered.  There is no cost to the residents.  The group also assists with food and supplies. Collection food and animal supplies will also be donated.
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures.




Name of Project:  PB&J Kids Fun Run  
YMCA:  George I. Theisen Family YMCA
Partner:  North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry   
Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2016, / 6 p.m. / Travelers Rest Methodist Church

During the month of May, we are collected jars of peanut butter and jelly.  We hosted a PB&J Kids Fun Run with the entry fee being a jar of peanut butter or jelly.  These items will be donated to the North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry to aid in the high demand of these items in the summer months while kids are out of school. We had over 100 young runners and donated over 600 lbs. of peanut butter and jelly!
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures.


Name of Project:      Community Neighbor Clean-Up Day  
YMCA:      GHS Family YMCA
Partner:  Church of God's Children's Home                            
Date:        Saturday, June 25, 2016 / 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

We volunteered in a dual project with Church of God Children’s Home on Lauren’s Rd. in Simpsonville. Volunteers chose between helping with light repair work and cleaning in the homes that house the children or to participate with the kids on a “Fun Day” which will include activities like games, swimming at the Y, a pizza party and more. 
Overview: Storyboard with pictures.

 

Name of Project:  Believe In We  
YMCA:      Caine Halter Family YMCA
Partner:  Salvation Army                                                    
Date:       Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We focused on the homeless and are partnering with the Salvation Army.  We hosted a fine dining experience for 40 homeless women and their children.  These families were selected by the Salvation Army.  In addition to the dinner, hygiene items were collected and given to the participants.
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures.


Name of Project:  Circles Cookout and School Supply Drive 
YMCA:     Verdae YMCA
Partner: Circles, Greenville County                                      
Date:       Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, / 5:30 pm – 8 pm

The Verdae Y will host a cookout at the Legacy Park gazebo in the park next to the Verdae Y for Circles leaders, allies, and children. The Verdae Y will be collecting school supplies for children which were distributed at the cookout. Circles is a community initiative which uses a nationally recognized model to help families move out of poverty by building relationships across socio-economic boundaries. 
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures.

Name of Project:  Blood Drive    
YMCA:     Verdae YMCA
Partner: The Blood Connection                                            
Date:      Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 

The Verdae YMCA Togetherhood project focused on donating blood to The Blood Connection and donating supplies to special needs students at the Washington Center and JL Mann High School.  We are looking forward to our continued partnership with The Blood Connection thereby fulfilling our social responsibility to our Greenville Community.
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures.

Name of Project:  Heros in Blue, We’re HerStoryboard
YMCA: Caine Halter Family YMCA
Partner: Greenville Police Department                                      
Date:  October 14-16, 2016

To show our appreciation to Greenville Police Department for their selfless service to our city the Caine Halter Family YMCA Togetherhood committee of members and volunteers collected and provided snacks, drinks and goodie bags and hospitality to local police officers working the annual community Fall For Greenville Festival.
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures
Video

Name of Project:  Dress for Success!   
YMCA: George I. Theisen Family YMCA
Partner: Foothills Family Resources                                      
Date:  October 15 – November 15, 2016

When you look your best… you perform your best.  That is the thought behind the George I. Theisen Y’s Togetherhood program.  The George I. Theisen Family YMCA will collect professional interviewing clothing for the Foothills Family Resources Center’s “Dress for Success” program. The goal is to collect enough clothing to provide for the Center for Working Family participants for 2016 and 2017.
Overview: Storyboard with photos

Name of Project:  Volunteer Reading Program
YMCA: YMCA Camp Greenville
Partner:   Hollis Academy 5K and Judson Community Center                                      
Date:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016, and Thursday, October 27, 2016

YMCA Camp Greenville Togetherhood project members and volunteers are reading to students at two locations.  Hollis Academy and the Judson Community Center.  These two schools were selected based on need and opportunity.  Books received from Greenville First Steps will also be donated to each school by Togetherhood volunteers.
Overview:  Storyboard with photos
 

Name of Project:  Community Fall Food Drive 
YMCA: YMCA Judson Community Center
Partner: Harvest Hope Food Bank                                      
Date:  Friday, November 4, 2016

The Togetherhood volunteers will pass out food boxes as part of the Harvest Hope Food Bank mobile food pantry program. The mobile food pantry will be located at the Judson Y on November 4th from 11am to 1pm. Over 100 community residents will receive one food box per household to assist with food insecurity.
 

Name of Project:  Serving Those Who Served  - Veteran’s Day Celebration
YMCA:  Eastside Family YMCA
Partner: ECPI, American Rescue, Greenville Army Recruiting Office
Date:  Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Eastside Family YMCA Togetherhood committee wants to recognize and honor our military in and around our community during the Veteran’s Day Celebration. Through activities offered to active and retired military family and the community during the day, we will bring awareness to our members, youth, and the community about what these great Americans are doing and have 
Overview:  Storyboard with pictures.

 

 

TOGETHERHOOD PROJECT VOLUNTEERS:  Please complete and submit this form.