YMCA aims to raise $50K for assistancePublished 8:56am Monday, March 15, 2010
By AARON MUELLER
Niles Daily Star
The Niles-Buchanan YMCA held the kickoff for its annual “Strong Kids, Strong Families” giving campaign. The campaign will run through May 15.
The goal is to raise $50,000 to go toward financial assistance for YMCA memberships and program services to those in need. The YMCA’s policy is that no person will be denied membership by inability to pay.
Last year more than 1,800 people were on scholarship, totaling $181,000 of financial assistance.
According to YMCA Executive Director Bret Hendrie, this year’s campaign has already raised 25 percent of its goal through donations from the YMCA’s board of directors and gifts from Express-1 and Chemical Bank.
“Through the YMCA ‘Strong Kids, Strong Families Campaign,’ your contribution will have an immediate positive effect on children and families by helping us provide financial assistance to those in need,” campaign co-chairwoman Diane Curry said. “Only by working together can we give more kids and families the opportunity to grow strong in spirit, mind and body.”