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“It’s hard to put into words how grateful we are for the YMCA. It’s an emotional and life-changing gift. There is financial relief knowing there is more money for bills, and it’s a surprise to see the food given through the Anti-Hunger Program. Thank you for the blessing of nutritious and delicious food…” – A program participant
Where There’s a Y, There’s a Way
Your Y and community need your support now more than ever. Throughout the challenges of 2020, YMCA of Centre County persevered to address community needs, especially in the areas of food security and child care. In 2021, with your support, we will continue offer all of our community-strengthening programs because where there’s a Y, there’s a way! During the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign, community members, businesses, volunteers, and staff come together to support the Y’s cause. When you give to the Y, 100% of your donation is used to support and give back to your community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
So much more than a gym…
The Y is much more than a gym. This has probably never been more evident than in the past year. Our gyms and other facilities were required to close a few times for weeks at a time; however, the Y did not stop serving your community. The Y provided child care for essential employees, offered virtual wellness opportunities, and distributed tons of food to families, seniors, and the most vulnerable in our communities.
- While the pandemic has challenged the ability to offer some YMCA services, the Open Doors Program never goes away. Funded by donors like you, Open Doors ensures no one is turned away from the Y due to an inability to pay by providing financial assistance with membership and program fees. When you give to the Y, you “open doors” to wellness programming, swim lessons, youth sports, camps, child care, and other services for kids, adults, and families with a demonstrated need who otherwise could not participate.
- The Anti-Hunger Program is more active than ever, with many members of your community facing food insecurity during the pandemic. In the last year, the Backpack Weekend Food and Summer Lunch Programs, Travelin’ Table, and various other food distributions provided over 340,000 meals for local kids, adults, and families. Your support helps the Y continue to provide these and new opportunities to ensure food security in our communities.
- The Y has always provided safe, reliable, and enriching Child Care programs. During the pandemic, the Y continued to safely offer Early Learning, Summer Camp, and School Age Child Care programs. As several local schools have temporarily had to utilize remote learning, families are faced with new challenges, but where there’s a Y, there’s a way! When needed, the Y branches have provided full-day child care where kids each have their own space to participate in remote learning in a safe, caring, and supportive environment. This enables parents to have peace of mind and continue working to provide for their families. When you give to the Y, you help keep critical youth programs, like child care, affordable for all.
- YMCA of Centre County has trained 7,780 local adults in Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. With pandemic-related gathering restrictions and decreased reporting due to children not coming into regular contact with mandated reporters, the Y recognized the importance of continuing these community trainings and began virtual instruction in 2020. Virtual community trainings will continue through 2021 in partnership with Centre County Youth Service Bureau and Penn State Child Maltreatment Solutions Network. Your support keeps these trainings free for the community and helps keep kids safe.
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.