2020 Annual Giving Campaign
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
During the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign, community members, businesses, volunteers, and staff come together to support the Y’s cause of strengthening the community. When you give to the Y, you support the Open Doors Program which ensures no one is turned away due to inability to pay; youth programs like child care, summer camp, teen leadership, sports and swim lessons; food security programs like the Backpack Program and Travelin’ Table; and Stewards of Children that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Every year, the Y is able to provide nearly $500,000 in services back to the community because of donors like you who give from the heart.
So much more than a gym…
The Y is much more than a gym. This has probably never been more evident than in the first half of 2020. Our gyms and other facilities were required to close for 2 ½ months; however, the Y did not stop serving your community. The Y provided child care for essential employees, provided virtual wellness opportunities, and distributed over 130 TONS of food to families, seniors, and the most vulnerable in our communities.
On May 29, we were happy to safely reopen and start seeing our members again. We recognize that the challenges of 2020 are certainly not over for our community as many are faced with changes in employment and income, illness, social isolation, and other difficulties. Like always, the Y will continue to be there for our community by:
- Providing summer camp/child care so that parents have a safe place for their kids while they are working. The Y is among very few summer camps that have opened in our community thus far.
- Distributing free lunches for kids throughout Centre County. Weekend food is still being provided on Fridays and there are various additional opportunities available to support food security in this unprecedented time. (Learn more)
- Turning no one away from the Y due to inability to pay. Many families and individuals in our community have been financially impacted by all that has transpired in the past six months. When they are ready to join or rejoin the community that is the Y, we will be here and prepared to help them do just that.
“Thank you for granting us access to the Y through the Open Doors program. We are, without a doubt, fully utilizing our membership and loving our experience. My routine swim has been nothing short of therapeutic… A previous part of my life that I loved so much is making its way back to me. My kids adore coming to the Y and love the novelty of wearing swim suits in the winter, drying off and then shooting hoops in the gym. It is heartwarming to have our membership be affordable for us, and I can’t thank the donors enough.” – YMCA Family Member
“Every Friday, I am so excited to distribute the Backpack Weekend Food to the kids and it brings so much joy to see their smiles. Some of them start asking me on Friday morning when they will be getting their backpacks. One sixth grader always gives me a hug and thanks me the minute he sees me holding his YMCA bag… It is heartwarming to know that these children have food on their tables every weekend.” – Teacher from Backpack Program Participating School
The Chair’s Round Table is comprised of individuals, families, businesses, and organizations that contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign. When you give at this level, you are the foundation of support for the Y’s cause and mission.
When you give to YMCA of Centre County, your tax-deductible donation will help youth achieve their full potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of community.