Under the leadership of Diana Lancaster, Campaign Chair, the YMCA of Clay County annual support campaign raised $27,000 in charitable contributions for the YMCA of Clay County to support membership scholarships and programs that change lives, far exceeding the goal of $25,000.
More than 40 volunteers solicited funds from community members and businesses.
Proceeds from the Strong Kids campaign support the YMCA of Clay County scholarship fund, which assists those who may not otherwise be able to afford to pay the full fee for memberships or programs. The scholarship fund offers programs such as childcare, day camp and youth sports to low-income children and families at reduced rates. The YMCA uses a sliding scale based on need to determine what fee is required.
"These gifts provide scholarships for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs but cannot afford them," YMCA Chief Executive Officer Chad Zaucha said. "At the Y, kids not only learn how to dribble a ball, but they also learn about caring, honesty, respect and responsibility -- core values that can guide them throughout their lives. The Strong Kids campaign connects kids in need to programs that help them grow in confidence and self-esteem.
"The success of the campaign can be attributed to the commitment of our volunteers and staff and the community to the YMCA," Zaucha continued. "The overwhelming generosity of the community allows to continue bringing our positive programs to those who need it most. With everyone's help, we are now able to give kids and families greater access to the wonderful opportunities offered at the Y."
"At the heart of community life in Clay County our mission-drive YMCA is 'a place to belong' and to live the values that guide and unite our members: Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility," Lancaster said. "The Strong Kids campaign is an investment in the future where, through the generosity of the community, kids can go to camp, families can enjoy the supportive environment of the Y and teens can learn valuable life skills."
The YMCA of Clay County currently serves 3,400 members and an additional 1,200 programs participants.
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.