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:
- Weekly rehearsals with training in vocal technique, repertoire, theory and sight-singing
- Weekend workshops with professionals
- Social and learning weekends with other exceptional choirs
- Performance opportunities with professional musicians in some of Ontario’s best venues.
- The opportunity to sing with Guelph’s prestigious and national award-winning choir.
- Qualified families can receive bursaries to assist with program fees as funds permit.
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 2018/2019. There will be 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 bring your agendas to 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.
Chaperone (i.e. be a parent helper) for your chorister’s choir at a concert, retreat, workshop or other event. The need for chaperones is great! Please consider one or more events for which you are able to assist. Please note that times are extended slightly from the scheduled times to allow chaperone supervision 30 minutes before and after each event. All volunteers will need to fill out a police check /vulnerable sector form which is available from GYS staff at rehearsals or at the office. (Information will need to be confirmed by ID at rehearsal.) Forms are valid for three years & do not need to be repeated each year. The police check is free for Guelph residents. GYS can copy an original police check from another organization, but GYS staff must see the original.
Volunteer sign-ups for any separate Music Theatre Academy, sheVoce and Young Men’s Ensemble events will be determined as events are scheduled.
GYS is no different than many other charitable organizations in that fundraising makes up a significant portion of its annual revenue. The fundraising goal set for each choir family joining in September is $525 ($625 for families with more than one child in the choir.) The fundraising requirement is prepaid over 9 monthly payments (there are 9 months from September to the end of May) to be submitted with the 9 monthly registration payments. Consequently, the 9 monthly post-dated cheques required with your registration package include both registration fees and your fundraising commitment fees. If your family participates in a GYS designated fundraising activity, you will receive a refund cheque around June 30, 2019, for a predetermined percentage of the fundraising dollars collected by your family up to a maximum of $525 per family with one chorister enrolled and $625 per family with two or more choristers enrolled in GYS. 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 enrolment, 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 at rehearsal and sent around by email, with the following order dates: 3rd week in November, last week in February and the last week in April (depending on program participation.) You pay for your order directly to Guelph Youth Singers, either by cheque (payable to the choir) or by cash. Once the orders are placed, you will pick up the gift cards you ordered at rehearsal, and use your gift cards for everyday purchases. 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 2019. 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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