No matter how much we drink, WE DO NOT NEED 32 wine glasses. I took a handful of them to the YMCA on Saturday along with a bunch of CDs and toiletries. I feel good about donating stuff to this lovely shop and I can open one of the kitchen cupboards without worrying that I am going to sustain some sort of glass injury.
As I got pregnant last year just after starting my "charity a day" challenge, I never got to do the more exciting type of fundraisers that I had planned, so this event below looks like something I might consider for 2012:
What is the YMCA Sleep Easy?
Sleep Easy is a YMCA fundraising initiative raising money to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.
The aim is simple: Spend a night sleeping rough to highlight the issue of youth homelessness and raise vital funds to support the work of your local YMCA. Your money goes directly to the local YMCA projects, impacting your community and helping young people in your town build a future.
The 2012 YMCA Sleep Easy events will take place up and down the country from the last weekend of January to the first weekend of March. Being part of a YMCA Sleep Easy couldn't be easier and there are many ways you can.
Enter as an individual. Go it alone and prove yourself with your own online fundraising page.Enter as a group. You can sign up as a team so get your friends, family or work colleagues on board too.Join a group. Joining a group is easy! All you need is the Group Leader's name or the group name.Find an event near you and sign up to take part
Why we need your help
Amazing things happen at the YMCA. Your local YMCA helps vulnerable young people in your community to overcome many of the worst sorts of obstacles in life. The YMCA in your area will be running many projects that tackle homelessness, offer family support, provide health and fitness and education and skills courses; all of which go towards our vision of happy, inclusive communities where all young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.
Over the last two years, hundreds of people slept rough to highlight the issue of youth homelessness and raise vital funds for the YMCA's work with young people. Join us this year and help young people build a future.
Sleep Easy Fundraising
Raise as much as you can to support your local YMCA projects. Every penny matters!
Online fundraising page
When you sign up, we will automatically create an online fundraising page for you to collect sponsorship. Simply email or share it with everyone you know and ask for their support. You can personalise the page with a message, photo and video clip to inspire peoples generosity.
Set yourself a fundraising target and break it down into small amounts. For example, if your target is £250, you could:
Ask for £10 from your 5 closest friends and relatives.
Ask for £5 from your 10 best known colleagues.
Ask for £2.50 from your 20 next best known friends or colleagues.
Write to 2 local companies and ask for a donation of £25.
Put all your change in a tin, or give something up and save the money you would have spent.
Keep your sponsor form with you at all times and pass it round to everyone you meet.
Make sure that everyone at work knows that you will be taking part in Sleep Easy to raise funds for disadvantaged, vulnerable and homeless young people. Let them know by email, phone, fax, poster in the common room, company newsletter, intranet