Proceeds from the Strong Kids Campaign will fund scholarships that allow children and families, who otherwise may not be able, to benefit from family strengthening YMCA programs such as child care, day camp and programs for at-risk youth.
YMCA Chief Executive Officer Chad Zaucha and YMCA board members joined YMCA staff and members Jan. 31 in the YMCA community room for a special kids and parents community kickoff to launch the program. Diana Lancaster, Campaign Chair, is leading the effort as campaign chairperson.
"We are proud to be able to meet the growing needs of our community by providing financial assistance for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs but may not otherwise be able to afford them," Lancaster said. "Our goal is to raise $25,000 to provide scholarships for children and families from all income levels to participate in YMCA programs."
The YMCA provides a special opportunity for kids and adults to join life-changing and life-saving programs such as day camp, childcare, youth sports, dance, tumbling, after-school care and summer camp.
"Children and families in our community need and deserve the family-oriented programs and services the YMCA can provide," Lancaster said. "Few things are more important than a healthy lifestyle, strong community, positive role models and quality time spent together as a family. This is a critical campaign for the future of our community, and I am honored to be involved."
The YMCA offers kids and families the chance to make positive choices. Quality childcare opportunities mean parents can work to improve their quality of life.
Youth sports programs give kids the chance to belong to a team devoted to making a positive difference. Healthy lifestyle programs give everyone in the family the chance to lead healthier, more productive lives.
Others on the campaign committee this year include Phil Redenbarger, Past CVO/Board Solicitation Chair, Technifab Products, Inc., David Wright, Chairman's Round Table Chair, First Financial Bank, Tyler Fischer, Team Captain's Chair, Terre Haute Savings Bank and Kim Emmert O'Dell, Spirit Chair, Timberland Lumber Company.
The YMCA currently provides more than $40,000 in financial assistance annually to the community.
The nation's 2,617 YMCAs serve more than 20.2 million people each year, including 9.5 million children, uniting men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels.
For more information, visit www.ymca.net.