Wednesday, March 9, 2011

2011 Step Up Campaign!

The lobby of the Skagit Valley Family YMCA is slowly filling up with stars...of the paper variety (even though we all know each YMCA member who comes through the lobby is a star, too).

The stars in the lobby each have the name of an individual or organization who has donated to the 2011 YMCA Step Up Campaign, the annual fundraiser that raises money to support our neighbors in need, which has officially kicked off!

In 2010, one in four Skagit YMCA members was a scholarship member, meaning that while they could not afford to pay for a membership to the Y, we were able to give them a membership at a reduced rate (based on what they qualified for)...all because of the funds raised during Step Up. Children, families and adults of all types needed and were able to take advantage of the Y scholarship program because, at the Y, we believe no one should be turned away from a healthier lifestyle because of their inability to pay.

Step Up funds also help children who wanted to play YMCA sports, go to YMCA Child Care and Camp Anderson. We know that the only way to make lasting personal change is if we work together to invest in our children and our neighbors. Last year, you showed you cared by helping us break the Step Up record: we raised more than $57,000! However, we also gave more than $140,000 in scholarships and the need is increasing, so we need your help more than ever.

Help us do what we do: make the Y accessible and support and provide opportunities that empower people and the Skagit Valley to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation's health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

It's easy to donate! Just stop by the front desk or call us at 360-336-9622. Whatever you can give will make a difference to one of your neighbors.

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