You can help to financially assist children and youth to participate in the Y. Your charitable contribution to the Strong Kids Campaign will help enrich the lives of over 13,500 children and youth who would otherwise not be able to afford to participate in a values-based, recreational YMCA experience.YMCA programs help children and youth build confidence, develop skills and form relationships.
Are you looking for that perfect gift for your child’s teacher, a colleague at work or that person who has everything? Why not consider giving the gift of play with a YMCA Strong Kids Play it Forward Card. 100% of the minimum $10 purchase price of the Holiday Play it Forward Card supports the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, giving children from disadvantaged families the opportunity to play, learn and have fun.
For more information and to purchase a Holiday Play it Forward Card, come and see us at the YMCA Membership Desk, where cards will be available until December 24.
In 2013, your Strong Kids gift will impact lives by supporting children and youth from low-income families including:
Through the generosity of full and part time YMCA staff and the volunteer Board Members, more than $64,000 was donated to the Strong Kids Campaign in 2012. This demonstrates a strong core of committed people within our Association. For the 2013 campaign, our goal is to raise $355,000 to support children and youth in need.
The YMCA partners with families and donors to make participation and learning through YMCA programs a reality. All assisted families also contribute financially to have their child attend YMCA programs.
$5,000 - $10,000 - Ensures the support of a much needed but underfunded Youth Action program in your local community.
$1,000 ($83/month) - Ensures a whole family can enjoy the lasting benefits of regular physical activity at their local YMCA.
$600 ($50/month) - Can change a child's life at a YMCA Child Care Centre.
$240 ($20/month) - Supports a teen to participate in leadership development programs; building their skills, character and self esteem.
$120 ($10/month) - Enables a family peace of mind as their child attends day camp in a fun, nurturing and safe environment.
YMCA programs vary from community to community but one thing is constant: Every kid deserves a chance and everyone is welcome!
Today's children and youth are tomorrow's leaders. Doug Howe, 2013 Strong Kids Campaign Chair, is really excited to have the opportunity to help make a difference in so many children's lives by working to provide the necessary financial assistance that helps one person at a time, one family at a time or one program at a time.
Thanks to the generous support of over 2,600 people who contributed to YMCA Strong Kids annual support campaign and a team of YMCA volunteers, the YMCA is able to financially assist thousands of children and youth whose families would otherwise be unable to afford to participate. With your help the YMCA can have a positive impact on the lives of youth by providing:
The YMCA believes that investing in the development of youth today will help build strong families, which in turn will build strong communities. To become involved or find out more, contact Lauri Brady 905 646 9622 x 327 or Email.