First Posted: 5/6/2012 2:22:01 PM | Last Updated: 5/6/2012 2:32:54 PM
LAFAYETTE – Taking swimming lessons, going to day camp and learning a sport are all important childhood milestones, but not all families can afford the fees.
“The Lafayette Family YMCA recognizes there is a need in our community for scholarships for children and adults who would benefit from our health and education programs,” said Paul Cramer, chief executive officer. “That’s why we are launching ‘Y for All,’ a Community Support Campaign to raise $55,000 to fund programs and activities for local families who could not otherwise participate.”
The annual campaign, which seeks contributions from Y members, community residents and businesses, runs six weeks, through May 28.
Board member Joanne Willis, who has been a Y member about 20 years, is chairing the campaign. “About 31 percent of our members and program participants are receiving some financial assistance,” she said. “That’s up about 14 percent from three years ago, which makes the current campaign critical.”
Any amount makes a difference, she said. “Every contribution counts, helping us cover some of the costs for those who need it. Although we keep membership costs and program fees as low as possible, some community residents must have financial help to participate.”
“Giving to the Y helps strengthen our community,” Cramer said. “The Y uses your gift to make a significant, enduring impact for children and families right here in Tippecanoe County , and when our youth and families learn and grow, our entire community benefits. That’s why we call it the Y for All Campaign.”
Contributions payable to the Lafayette Family YMCA may be delivered or mailed to the YMCA, 1950 South 18th St., Lafayette, IN 47905.
The Lafayette Family YMCA operates two facilities, one at 1950 South 18th St. , and the YMCA Downtown Center at Renaissance Place, 250 Main St . The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Since opening in 1889, the Lafayette Family YMCA has grown to more than 11,000 members and program participants.
Regardless of age, income or background, the Y’s focus is to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.