YMC One is where togetherness and awesomeness mashup. YMC One is volunteerism with a little swagger. We live and work in a vibrant community, and we leverage our people, ideas and resources to enhance opportunities in Greenville, South Carolina and surrounding communities.
As a creative marketing agency, we make a living helping organizations tell their stories. There’s a lot of great things going on in Greenville. YMC One allow us to peel back the inner layers that have put our city on the map. Yeah, we’re THAT Greenville (#YeahThatGreenville), and YMC One reflects a significant commitment by your marketing co. to empower the grassroots efforts of area nonprofits.
Once a month, one charity is chosen by YMC One. Every team member gets the opportunity to choose and lead a project with a local charity. Collectively, YMC comes together to drive meaningful change through hands on support and financial assistance.
We had a blast helping out Loaves and Fishes over the past few months! They revealed their new logo during the annual "Rock Out Hunger" fundraiser Thursday, September 28 and we were thrilled to be able to help! This year's event included a craft spirit tasting and music from 80's pop star Tommy Tutone.
Leading up to the event, we helped the nonprofit with marketing. In an effort to raise interest and draw awareness, 10 folks from YMC "danced like a fish." Chad helped to assemble the videos, and Marne posted them all over social media. Frank oversaw the entire process and spearheaded communications.
Visit the Loaves and Fishes website to learn more about the work they do!
Jennifer and Meg were book counters. They were stationed by the checkout and sorted books by price and wrote receipts before the customers purchased their books. This made it quicker for the cashiers to handle purchases. Katie was a receipt checker at the front entrance. As people left, she checked receipts to make sure that no books were stolen (Costco-style!). She also greeted crowds as they walked in and distributed maps. Karen, Marne and Haley were stationed throughout the book sale to straighten/organize books, restock books and directed customers to other sections they were looking for.
For the month of June, we visited the Greenville Humane Society for the second time. Puppy and kitten season is their busiest, and it was a pleasure to provide as much help as we could.
During our time there, we helped out in any way that we could! Jaclyn and Martina separated newspapers to line the kennels while Katie labeled envelopes while Meg filled bags of dog food to deliver to those fostering puppies and adult dogs. Everyone got to meet the adult dogs and were allowed to walk two of them. After walking dogs and learning about training techniques, the team was led into the kennels that held puppies and kittens. There, the team held and played with a variety of kittens and puppies that were up for adoption.
For May, we spent time at the Smith House at Pendleton Place. Meg, Katie, Marne and Jennifer spent the afternoon hosting a cookout and playing games. Meg brought a spread of chips, dip, and the makings for delicious hamburgers. Katie brought cookies. (Marne brought the chef.) After we ate, we played dominoes and Uno with the residents.
We had a great time with the girls. Not only did we learn that great meals and food can bring anyone together, but so can card games and smiles.
In April, Jennifer and Chad volunteered with the Victory Junction Carnival at the Greenville Children's Hospital. They played games and painted faces for the kids.
A Personal Story from Chad:
"The first child came in and walked right up to my station because he wanted to fish. His name was Jacob, and he loved to fish. He spent nearly 30 minutes with me and we had a blast. When it was time for him to go to the next carnival game, he just started to walk off, until being yoked back by his IV. He said, "I forgot about my arm-thing!" This was an amazing moment for me because I realized in real time why we were there. We were there to give these kids the chance to forget that they were sick." -- Chad Picha, Senior Graphic Designer