The Christian County YMCA launched its annual campaign on Tuesday, April 8th to ensure that everyone in Christian County has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Every day, the Christian County YMCA serves as a gathering place for the community. Kids pour in after school to play, do homework and participate in programs. Seniors meet for water exercise, walking and to connect with one another. Adults and families use the facility for recreation and exercise. To ensure that the Y can continue to provide Christian County residents with life enhancing services, the Christian County YMCA has launched its 29th Annual Strong Kids Sustaining Drive with a goal of raising $40,000.
“Throughout Christian County countless people know the YMCA. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think, said Chris Weittenhiller, YMCA Executive Director. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.”
The Christian County YMCA has a policy stating they will not deny services to anyone based on an inability to pay. In 2013 the YMCA provided more than $87,000 in in financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay for YMCA membership, programs or services, positively impacting 586 individuals in Christian County. The Financial Assistance program is funded by this Sustaining Drive, generous support from the United Way of Christian County and the YMCA Golf Outing which is scheduled for May 16th at Lake Shore Golf Course.
The 2014 campaign has been organized and lead by Sustaining Drive Co-Chairpersons Duane and Cindy Stock and Dave & Lana Hixenbaugh, who started the planning process with YMCA staff on March 19th. Collectively they were able to recruit team captains including Bob Febus, Judy Swigert, Len Hempen, Jenny Moats, Linda Allen, Loretta Kahle, Leanne Bonitzer, Barry Allen, Dan McNeely and Amy Winans. In total, over 60 volunteers will be helping the YMCA raise funds over the next month to ensure everyone has access to the YMCA.
To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Chris Weittenhiller, Executive Director at 287-7271 or email@example.com for more information.