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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. 





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. We then provide a gift card for volunteers to shop for clothes with a child one-on-one.


Each branch runs this program in August every year: Hickory Foundation YMCA and the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr., YMCA.  In addition, we will run a program with the Burke County School System.



Please contact Lindsay Hardaway at, YMCA of Catawba Valley to discuss how you can give back and support our youngest neighbors.


Bright Beginnings Student Application Catawba County  

Bright Beginnings Volunteer Contract Catawba County

Bright Beginnings Student Application Burke County

Bright Beginnings Volunteer Contract Burke County

Photo Release Form