Over the past few months, members of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate Youth In Philanthropy group have visited several charities in and around downtown in order to personally meet with their representatives.
We set out at the beginning of the school year with a common goal to help local charities in the core area.
This year, the group was larger than expected, which allowed for diverse opinions as well as a multitude of visits.
Working together, we decided on a mission statement that we all felt best fit our goals as a group. We agreed that we wanted to put a large focus on creating a positive and lasting impact for those in the community who are in need. Everyone agreed that we definitely wanted to be able to give those charities the help and hope for a brighter future.
One issue the group faced was finding time in-between everyone’s diverse and busy school schedules to organize meetings with many of the equally busy charities.
Thanks to the Collegiate’s location in the city’s core though, many charities we felt fit with our mission statement were within walking distance of the school. This allowed all of the different members of the group to choose times that best fit their schedules to visit all of the charities on our list.
This year’s YIP club also saw a surge in new members hoping to participate and help out. Students visited charities in smaller groups and were able to have more personal conversations with charity representatives as a team. Collectively, the group was able to visit many various charities and donate to seven.
After much discussion, we agreed on donating to Klinic Community Health, RaY Inc. (Resource Assistance for Youth, Art City, West Broadway Youth Outreach, LITE (Local Investment Toward Employment, Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Network and The Dream Factory.
After all was said and done, everyone in the group agreed the experience of meeting with the charities and seeing the passion that many of the representatives had for the cause and was one-of-a-kind. We felt that we were successful in choosing charities that fit with our mission statement and we hope that we could help to provide hope and brighten some days.
Check out more Youth in Philanthropy stories on CNC at Young Winnipeggers Connect 2017.