We All Need The Y
2013 Strong Kids Sustaining Drive Co-Chairs Rich Shaw, Shirley Shaw, Jan Febus and Bob Febus.
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 28th Annual Strong Kids Sustaining Drive with a goal of raising $40,000.
As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, financial gifts to the Y will help advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. More importantly, gifts to the YMCA make a direct impact on residents right here in Christian County.
The Christian County YMCA has a policy stating they will not deny services to anyone based on an inability to pay. In 2012 the YMCA provided more than $85,000 in in financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay for YMCA membership, programs or services, positively impacting 588 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 17th at Lake Shore Golf Course.
The 2013 campaign has been organized and lead by Sustaining Drive Chairpersons Bob and Jan Febus and Rich & Shirley Shaw, who started the planning process with YMCA staff on March 27th. Collectively they were able to recruit team captains including Suzanne Beckley, Bill Chapman, Dave Hixenbaugh, Linda Smith, Duane Stock, Larry Kemner, Greg Patrick, Julie Lilly, Brad Jensen and Len Hempen. In total, over 60 volunteers will be helping the YMCA raise funds over the next month to ensure everyone has access to the YMCA.
“We all need the Y because our organization works every day to nurture the potential of kids, improve health and well-being in our community and help neighbors support one another,” said Chris Weittenhiller, YMCA Executive Director. “With our Strong Kids Sustaining Drive, we want more people to understand that we are more than a place to go to exercise or swim – and that we rely on their financial support to do our vital work that is at the core of our mission.”
To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Chris Weittenhiller, Executive Director at 287-7271 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.