The CYCA honors volunteers, reflects on 2010, and looks to the future

By Emily Bishop
Each year the Cooper-Young Community Association celebrates the holidays by throwing a party for the community to honor the volunteers who work hard all year. This year, Circuit Playhouse (51 S. Cooper St.) has generously agreed to let us use their party room, decorated beautifully for the holidays. Come celebrate the season and all the fun from 2010 in Cooper-Young. Below are some highlights of the work that CYCA volunteers made happen.

2010 Highlights
Membership Drive –
The benefits of CYCA membership include great discounts to local businesses,
so join early and start saving.
CYCA puts down roots –
The CYCA purchased the building at 2298 Young Avenue in March from the now defunct
CY Development Corporation.
CY Community Yard Sale –
Everyone loves a bargain and making extra cash, so our neighborhood-wide,
annual yard sale in March is always a big hit.
The Art for Art’s Sake Auction –
This event, hosted at Young Avenue Deli, celebrates the talents of our local artists
and raises funds for the CYCA and the Trestle Art.
Smallest User competition –
This energy conservation contest between Cooper-Young and Evergreen has sparked a green rivalry where everyone wins.
Independence Day Parade –
Friends and families gathered at Peabody School and showed off their red, white, and blue with a bike parade. Kids met local firefighters, who cooled off the hot crowd with a gentle spray from their fire truck.
Cooper-Young: A Community that Works –
The CYCA published this book by Lisa Lumb and Jim Kovarik about our history just in time for sale at the CY Festival.
CY Festival Friday 4 Miler and Festival booth –
Over 1800 runners helped make this year’s event the biggest ever. The CYCA Festival booth sold t-shirts, history books, and tickets to the Beerfest.
Neighborhood Night Out and CY Emergency Response –
The CYCA began working on a comprehensive plan for our community in the event of an emergency, such as an earthquake. NNO parties rallied support for CERT training, all while promoting neighborly fun and community safety.
The CY Regional Beerfest –
This inaugural event in October was launched as our newest fundraising effort.
Halloween Safety –
Signs were posted to remind trick-or-treaters to be safe while having fun.
CY Holiday and Volunteer Thank You Party –
The CYCA Board of Directors throw this party for the entire community to honor the volunteers who work hard all year.
Holiday Snack Bags –
Volunteers drop off homemade goods or pre-packaged snacks for the police and firefighters who work the night shift on Christmas Eve.
Planning for 2011

The CYCA Board of Directors will hold their annual retreat on January 22, 2011. This is the time when the volunteer board looks back at what our organization has accomplished and identifies what we still need to work towards. Purchasing the office building in 2010 has given the CYCA an added, long-term financial responsibility. The building has two bays that bring in rental income to help offset the mortgage. However, the office fire in late September brought about some challenges for the CYCA and our tenants. It also brought an opportunity to make some changes in the layout of our space to better serve our organization. The general meeting on January 11, 2011 will be set aside for a dedication and house warming party for the CYCA building to show off the new space.
The charts below show where the CYCA money came from and where it went from January 1 – November 24, 2010. Complete financials are always available by contacting the CYCA office.

Income
Events (Festival Friday 4 Miler, Art Auction, Beerfest, Festival booth, Smallest User competition, CY history book)
LampLighter (ad sales and email sponsorships)
Memberships and donations
Building (rent from the two commercial spaces)
Program/Projects (Mural Fund, bike racks, beautification)

Expenses
Events (Festival Friday 4 Miler, Art Auction, Beerfest, Festival booth,
Smallest User competition, CY history book)
LampLighter  (printing, management, production, online support/hosting)
Memberships and donations (campaign supplies)
Building (taxes, insurance, maintenance)
Office (Community Director part-time wages and benefits, insurance, postage, supplies)
Program/Projects (Trestle Art, Neighborhood Night Out parties, beautification efforts, bike racks, Independence Day Parade, Halloween safety, Alexia Hampton Award, Holiday Party, Holiday Snack Bags)

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