Whether aimed to help clean up the environment or promote cultural awareness, the key to being a leader in Responsible Travel is to be actively involved. YMT Vacations’ staff is focusing on being an active participant in conservation and preservation efforts both locally and nationwide.
2014 Completed Initiatives:
Tourism Cares, Los Angeles
November 13, 2014
YMT Vacations sent 8 representatives to join 300 other volunteers from all across the country in their efforts to enhance L.A. waterfront landmarks. Volunteers did work on the USS Iowa or the merchant marine ship Lane Victory. Others were assigned to the White Point Nature Preserve, the Korean Friendship Bell or the Banning Museum in Wilmington. Tasks to restore these landmarks included gardening, scraping, painting, cleaning, removing fences and sprinklers, changing fluorescent lighting, archiving etc. Tourism Cares partnered with the L.A. Tourism and Convention Board to organize this event to help restore L.A.'s waterfront, an important part of the L.A. tourism scene.
2013 Completed Initiatives:
Tourism Cares, Plimoth Plantation
September 27, 2013
YMT Vacations sent two representatives to join 275 other volunteers from all across the country in their efforts to enhance the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The event, coordinated by Tourism Cares, brought individuals from the tourism industry together from across 21 states with the common goal of preserving the travel experience for years to come. In one day, the volunteers completed a variety of tasks, including restoring 200 feet of the timber palisade surrounding the museum's iconic 17th century village; sanding, scraping, and painting all interior surfaces of the Mayflower II's outdoor decks; and cleaning debris and stacking necessary deadfall firewood for the Wampanoag Homesite.
Relay for Life, El Segundo
July 13-14, 2013
For their third year participating in El Segundo’s Relay for Life, the YMT Vacations and Travcoa team raised over $2,400!
Neighborhood Youth Association Scholarship, Mar Vista
YMT and Travcoa donated $500 to the college scholarship fund of the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA). NYA's mission is "to enable at-risk children and youth to achieve their personal best by providing a comprehensive set of educational enhancement services, academic support, counseling, career planning, and cultural enrichment activities in a sustained and focused manner during their elementary through high school years." The scholarship helped to cover college expenses including tuition and textbook costs for one of the members of NYA's Youth Leadership Academy.
2012 Completed Initiatives:
Operation Teddy Bear
August 17 & September 11, 2012
Created by The Volunteer Center, Operation Teddy Bear packs and distributes 5,600 backpacks for disadvantaged first graders. YMT Vacations employees, accompanied by Travcoa staff, spent their August 17th Saturday morning filling backpacks with school supplies, books and a teddy bear in preparation for the in-school distribution. On September 11, staff from both companies visited six first-grade classrooms in William Green Elementary in Lawndale, spending some time reading a story as well as distributing the Operation Teddy Bear backpacks to each student in the class.
Relay for Life, El Segundo
July 28-29, 2012
For their second year participating in El Segundo’s Relay for Life, the YMT Vacations and Travcoa team raised over $4,000!
Tourism Cares, Sacramento
September 26, 2012
YMT Vacations sent two representatives to join volunteers from all across the country in their efforts to help restore Sacramento. In one day, the volunteers painted hisotric buildlings, rebuilt fences, helped plant trees and archived over 300 artifacts. The combined 1,500 volunteer hours helped to save the city of Sacramento months in labor.
2011 Completed Initiatives:
Relay for Life, El Segundo
July 30-31, 2011
Along with sister company Travcoa, YMT Vacations formed a team to participate in El Segundo’s Relay for Life in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. In total, the team raised over $6,000 for its first year attending the event!
Tourism Cares, Mystic Seaport
May 5, 2011
YMT Vacations sent two representatives to join 400 other volunteers from all across the country in their efforts to clean up Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. The event, coordinated by Tourism Cares, brought individuals from the tourism industry together from across 27 states and 3 countries with the common goal of preserving the travel experience for years to come. In one day, the volunteers completed a slew of painting and landscaping projects that the Mystic Seaport Museum desperately needed, saving Mystic Seaport over $37,000 in labor costs. See pictures from the Mystic Seaport volunteer event!
2010 Completed Initiatives:
DIF Project in Cancun, Mexico
January 25th – 28th, 2010
YMT Vacations (along with sister company, Travcoa) sent a representative to Cancun to participate in the Specialist Sector's annual sustainable development conference aimed to help inspire each company to develop new and exciting goals in responsible travel initiatives. While a portion of the time spent in Cancun was focused in seminars and meetings regarding Sustainable Travel initiatives, some special time was set aside to make an impact while in Cancun. One sister company attending the conference, Student City, has made a huge impact in Cancun with their philanthropic work with the DIF Project, a non-profit organization that provides a safe-haven for abused, abandoned, and disabled children. Company representatives who gathered in Cancun went shopping for much-needed supplies for the children in DIF's care, paying a visit to DIF with the wonderful donations that afternoon. After a delicious pizza party with the kids, the representatives got a chance to present the new educational toys, books, clothing, electronics, and other supplies to the excited kids as well as spend some quality time with the children. Read more and view pictures of the DIF Project in Cancun!
2009 Completed Initiatives:
Heal the Bay’s Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 19th, 2009
An event that began in 1985, Coastal Cleanup Day has grown to become an international event tidying up rivers, bays, and lakes in addition to coastal beaches worldwide. Annually, approximately 10,000 volunteers in the Los Angeles County spend a few hours clearing coasts and other waterways of trash debris, completing collection “data cards” of items picked up to help identify and stop future polluters. With tens of thousands of pounds of garbage collected each year by such a large volunteer effort, it’s no wonder why this event is considered one of the largest volunteer days on the planet. YMT Vacations, along with sister company Travcoa, staff members proudly participated at the Dockweiler Beach in the El Segundo area. View pictures of the Heal the Bay Coastal Cleanup Day event!
Bolsa Chica Land Trust
Sunday, September 27th, 2009
Bolsa Chica Mesa is one of the last wetland ecosystems in Southern California, in need of re-vegetation and restoration in order to ensure its preservation for future generations. Since the process of restoring the Bolsa Chica Mesa began in 1995, over 16,000 native plants have been introduced to the habitat. Partnering with the California Department of Fish & Game, the area is already starting to see the benefits of their conservation and preservation efforts in the wildlife of the area, and is excited to see the continued growth and prosperity in the future. YMT Vacations’ Los Angeles staff, along with sister company Travcoa, lent their aid in helping restore and rejuvenate such an important section of Southern California. View pictures of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust event!
Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 11th – November 18th, 2009
YMT Vacations and our sister company, Travcoa, coordinated with the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank to host an office Thanksgiving Food Drive. In the spirit of this giving season, staff members were encouraged to donate non-perishable food and hygiene items for those families in need in the community. A total of 180 pounds of donations – two collection barrels filled to the brim – were picked up by the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank to be distributed. With about 900 different organizations and charities it supplies, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank makes a huge impact across Los Angeles. This was just one more opportunity for YMT Vacations to give back, making a special way to kick-off the beginning of the holiday season.
Recycled Greeting Card Collection for St. Jude's Ranch for Children YMT Vacations, and sister company Travcoa, join people from all over the world who have sent St. Jude’s Ranch their used greeting cards! More than thirty years ago, St. Jude’s Ranch Recycles Card Program was established, asking the children in St. Jude’s care to reuse the fronts of Christmas cards to create new ones for the next season. The program’s success expanded its efforts from Christmas cards to all-occasion, relying on the amazingly creative abilities of St. Jude’s children to recycle cards that would once end up in the trash. The benefits of this great program are two-fold: customers receive "green" holiday cards for use while the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of recycling. YMT Vacations and Travcoa have a year-round collection box gathering cards to send to St. Jude's Ranch for Children.