‘My 42’ celebrates BV’s Bright Futures volunteers

Friday, December 1, 2017
The staff of Cornerstone Bank in Berryville show off their Bright Futures Berryville T-shirts on Tuesday.
Photo by Tavi Ellis/Carroll County News

Bright Futures Berryville is wearing this year’s slogan on its sleeves.

Every fourth Tuesday, the Berryville community and beyond have been covered in a sea of green Bright Futures shirts, bringing awareness to the program.

Mindy Hicks, coordinator of Bright Futures Berryville, said the program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing communities together to focus on the success of children within their community. The organization utilizes local businesses, human service agencies, faith-based organizations and parents and families to meet the needs of students so that every child can be successful now and in the future.

She said this year’s slogan, “#My 42,” refers to an article in the New York Sun titled “Why Giving Makes You Happy.” According to the article, people who volunteer are 42 percent more likely to be very happy than those who don’t volunteer.

“That’s why we celebrate volunteers in the Bright Futures community every fourth Tuesday by wearing our shirts,” Hicks said. “We chose the fourth Tuesday because it represents ‘My 42.’ It’s a time to honor our champions who give their time, talent and treasure to Bright Futures in order to help our kids succeed.”

Bright Futures Berryville refers to its volunteers and community leaders as “champions,” she said, because part of the program’s mission statement is that “Every child needs a champion.”

From banks to insurance companies to doctor’s offices, there are green shirts everywhere on the fourth Tuesday of each month, she said, and the best part is that it brings awareness to Bright Futures Berryville and gets people to ask questions about the program.

“It’s a unique celebration because people have seen complete strangers wearing the same shirt as them,” Hicks said. “People from different walks of life volunteer to help Bright Futures, and the ‘My 42’ campaign shows them that they share the same focus. Our community cares so much about helping our kids.”

To see more photos of the #My42 campaign or to learn more about Bright Futures, visit the Bright Futures Berryville page on Facebook.

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