We would like to take a moment to formally introduce ourselves. The Coachella Valley Youth Hockey Foundation is a new non-profit formed by a group of hockey moms. As we have experienced our children benefiting from youth hockey participation, we hope to share that experience and extend the opportunity to others in the community—whether they play for a team now or they are just learning to play.
At this time, we have been officially incorporated and our non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board has been approved! We are an official 501c3!
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Now that the paperwork is complete, the fun can begin! We are enthusiastically planning and organizing some events and activities to raise funds. We welcome your input on this. If you know of a fundraiser you think would be beneficial, we would love to hear about it. We will also be looking for volunteers and contributors to everything we do. We know that the hockey community in the Coachella Valley is a diverse group with an extensive skill set. If you work at a restaurant that could do a Hockey Night or you own a business that would like to make a contribution, we would love that support. But perhaps more importantly, if you are great at decorating or have some free time and you can pitch in to help us set up an event, we need that help as well.
Our first event will be a Sports Gear Swap! For this event, we plan to collect used gear (any kind, any sport, any size) and host a giant yard sale for families to purchase gear they might need. We also hope to have food, street hockey, and music. The location for this event is still being determined but it is tentatively scheduled for June 3, 2018. What we need at this time is to start collecting gear. If you, your friends, your neighbors, or anyone else you know has gear the kids have outgrown or anything they no longer use, please help us collect it. We are happy to come get items if we need to. Shortly, we will begin distributing a flier about this that we hope to share with the schools.
Lastly, we just want to say thank you. Thank you to all of those who are participating in hockey now—your involvement helps ensure that we have a program that is enjoyable for our children. Our motivation for starting this organization was to be helpful and inclusive. We truly want to help make sure that as many kids as possible get to experience the multitude of joy and positive benefits of youth hockey the way that our families have.
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