100 4 1000 new way to raise cash

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February 4, 2016 9:56 AM

The Lloydminster Community Youth Centre (LCYC) has a new fundraiser to help with their daily operations, programs and services and is looking for contributors. 
Called 100 4 1000, the fundraiser is seeking 100 donators, which can be individuals, companies or organizations, that will contribute $1,000 each over the course of a year.
Donations can be made with one-time, monthly or quarterly payments.
“It’s just a very quiet way for people to support our organization…kind of our day-to-day (expenses),” said Les Hanson, board chairmen of LCYC, who compared the campaign’s design to other charity sponsorship programs.
“So you could almost look at it like when you support someone internationally, like Feed the Hunger or a foster child, you know, it’s the cost for supporting that person for one year.”
Hanson said besides general programming, funds raised will help the centre’s food budget and provide basics like toiletries and care packages to youths who need them, through the centre.
It will also help cover some staff expenses, summer recreational programs like field trips and bills and maintenance at their facility.
The LCYC has been weathering the low economy relatively well, said Hanson, but it is one of the few local non-profits that have no form of core funding, relying mostly on community support.
“For the most part it’s various grants and fundraising,” he said, on what keep LCYC’s doors open.
“So what we’re looking for here is a stable base of our day-to-day expenses being covered.”
The centre typically has around 20 youths who stop by each day, but Hanson said that number can reach as much as 60.
In 2015 the LCYC had a total of 5,500 youth visits.
The centre offers a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for youth aged 12 to 18, providing a wide range of activities and opportunities.
“We’re primarily recreational programming based and then we have access to opportunities like our summer programs, field trips and leadership development,” said Hanson.
The funds raised from 100 4 1000, which will be an ongoing campaign, will also help with the transition to their new facility on 47 Ave. in the old RCMP building on the Saskatchewan side of the city.
The move will take the centre out of the back of St. John’s Anglican Church and give it around four times the space, Hanson estimated.
“We secured the building last year through the city and now we’re in the process of renovating a new kind of hub for ourselves.”
Anyone wanting to be part of the fundraiser can visit www.lcyc.cc.

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