Welcome to Guelph Youth Singers!
Guelph Youth Singers is a community choir that provides opportunities for talented children within Guelph and surrounding counties to sing and enhance their skills in musical knowledge and theory, to foster personal friendships, to hone social skills and develop performance ability.
The GYS Experience: Starting in September of 2020, all Guelph Youth Singers programming will be on-line. While nothing can replace the experience of being together in person, the Artistic Team and Board of Directors are pleased to present a thrilling alternative. The season will be divided into three 10-week themed modules: Sing Jazz, The World at our Fingers, and The Poet’s Laugh.
Parent power is essential to sustaining this high quality organization. There are countless ways for each person to volunteer. Please volunteer in as many areas as you are able, though every family is expected to choose at least two volunteer commitments and help with one fundraising activity. Below is heads-up information for you to consider about GYS volunteer needs for 2020-21. There will be links available to volunteer sign-up sheets at the Parent’s Start-Up meeting. Although we know that schedules change and situations come up, we ask that you have your agendas handy during the Parent meeting and book your expected volunteer commitments. This will give us a foundation for our volunteer schedule throughout the upcoming season. Other volunteer opportunities will be made available during the season as the need arises. All volunteer commitments that you have signed up for will be confirmed by later emails or phone calls by an event coordinator. GYS needs your talent and a bit of your time. Please remember: fund-raising and volunteering are two separate commitments.
Volunteer sign-ups for any separate events will be determined as events are scheduled.
GYS is no different than many other charitable organizations in that donations and fundraising makes up a significant portion of its annual revenue.
If your family participates in a GYS designated fundraising activity, you will receive a refund cheque around June 30, 2021, for a predetermined percentage of the fundraising dollars collected by your family. Instead of a refund cheque, you could also opt to donate your excess fundraising credits to GYS in exchange for an income tax receipt.
Each year fund-raising events are evaluated for return of profit and for effort involved. Because of the huge amount of administrative work that the fund raising initiatives create, this season for September enrollment, we are limiting the designated fundraising initiatives to Fundscrip. Another designated fundraiser may be added during the season.
Fundscrip is a new approach to fundraising through gift-cards. Some of you may already be aware of Fundscrip through schools and other organizations, especially since Fundscrip is quickly catching on as an excellent fundraising strategy. This is an easy program to adopt, principally because it has no requirement to change what or where you spend, and the gift cards purchased are the same as those available in stores.
Quite simply, as a GYS supporter, you purchase gift cards through Fundscrip at face value. Fundscrip order forms are available online and sent around by email. You pay for your order directly to Funscrip. Each purchase earns a percentage (generally 2-8% depending on the retailer) for GYS, at no cost to you. For example, an order for:
$300 Loblaws cards, (3%=$9)
$200 Petro Canada cards, (2%=$4)
$50 Chapters cards, (5%=$2.50) and
$50 Starbucks cards (5%=$2.50)
automatically earns $18 for GYS.
Since Fundscrip provides reporting on individual gift card purchases, this fundraiser will also provide GYS families with the opportunity to earn fundraising credits which can be reimbursed to GYS families at the end of June 2021. For example, if you purchase gift cards and earn $18 for GYS, you will be reimbursed 50% of the amount earned.
Fundscrip offers gift cards for an extensive list of retailers so it is easy to incorporate fundraising into everyday household spending as well as gift-giving.
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