The YMCA of Clay County recently kicked off its Strong Kids Campaign during a luncheon.
Strong Kids is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much needed resources to support YMCA programs that impact Clay County children.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., the Silver Sneaker class will host a Strong Kids Campaign Spaghetti Dinner. A bake sale will also be available. Tickets are available from Silver Sneaker class members or at the YMCA.
As a leading non-profit organization for strengthening community, financial gifts to the Y will help Clay County advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Gifts to the Clay County Y make a direct impact on residents in Clay County.
"Our financial assistance program is based on the family size and annual income, similar to the free and reduce school lunch program," YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer said in a press release. "We are helping families who are working and going to school to assure that they can access quality child care programs that the Y offers year round."
Last year, the Y received enough financial support to give 63 additional children the opportunity to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school. The Y received enough funds for 93 more children to have free meals, daily tutoring and fun through the Summer Day Camp program. The Strong Kids Campaign also allowed 113 additional youth to participate in Youth Sports programs.
"We all need the Y because our organization works every day to nurture the potential of kids, improve health and well-being and help neighbors support one another," Plummer said. "With our Strong Kids Campaign, we want more people to understand that we are more than a place to exercise and that we rely on their financial support to do our vital work in this community."
This year, the YMCA of Clay County has a goal of raising $50,000. The funds will support After School Care programs at Forest Park, Jackson Township and Staunton Elementary, Summer Day Camp at Forest Park Elementary and children in Youth Sports programs such as basketball, soccer and volleyball.