Proceeds from the Strong Kids Campaign will fund scholarships that allow children and families who otherwise may not be able to, to benefit from family strengthening YMCA programs such as child care, day camp, youth sports and programs for at-risk youth.
YMCA Chief Executive Office Chad Zaucha and YMCA board members will join YMCA staff, volunteers and members from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, in the YMCA community room for a special spaghetti dinner and silent auction to officially launch the campaign. David Wright, Campaign Chair, will lead the campaign effort as the YMCA Strong Kids 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," Wright said. "Our goal is to raise $38,000 to provide scholarships for children and families from all income levels to participate in YMCA programs."
At the heart of the community life in Clay County, the mission-driven YMCA is a "place to belong" and to live the values that guide and unite our members: Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 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, 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," Wright 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 or our community and I am honored to be involved."
The YMCA offers kids and families the chance to make positive choices: Quality child care 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; and healthy lifestyle programs give everyone in the family the chance to lead healthier, more productive lives.
The YMCA of Clay County currently serves more than 3,800 members and an additional 1,200 program participants. In 2009, the YMCA of Clay County provided more than $54,000 in financial assistance to the community so that those less fortunate had the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs.