Posted by Craig


The YMCA will be making it fun to recycle cell phones at this year’s Annual Giving Campaign.  The campaign, which kicks off tomorrow at Tesla Motors in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, will see over a hundred volunteers attempting to raise as much as two hundred thousand US dollars.  Last year ninety eight volunteers were able to help the organization raise two hundred thousand, seven hundred and eighty eight dollars over the course of the event.

The theme of this year’s campaign is the “R” words that are on everyone’s lips in this day and age – reduce, reuse, recycle, replenish and renew.  Old cell phones will be the target of the recycling night that is to take place on the twenty third of February, where YMCA is encouraging everyone to come in and donate their used cell phones, which will be placed in a proper cell phone recycling bin.  Other activities planned during the campaign are book exchanges, serving reduced calorie food and using plates, utensils and decorations that are either biodegradable or at least reusable.

“Our Annual Giving Campaign is our most critical fundraising event of the year,” says the executive director of the Palo Alto YMCA, Scott Glissmeyer.  “All of the money raised helps us strengthen the community through programs and services that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility – including our Ventura Centre, which develops teens to lead and achieve.  We also give back and support individuals and families with more than three hundred and fifty thousand (dollars) annually for financial assistance to access vital services and programs they otherwise would not be able to afford.”