WHY GIVE TO THE Y
At the Y, we believe we have something special -- a sense of community -- and that everyone should have access to it, along with the programs and services that help us learn, grow, and thrive. With the help of so many, we were proud to share the Y with more than 2,000 children, seniors, and families last year who otherwise might not have become a part of our family. We believe that lasting personal and social change can come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.
The YMCA continues to tackle critical social issues in McLean County by never denying access due to the inability to pay. This year, we’re planning to use your contributions a little differently. With a goal to raise $250,000 the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is supporting four efforts in 2022:
Sports For All Sorts
Participating in youth sports is going out of financial reach for many. Your support provides all youth the opportunity to discover belonging on a team when participating in affordable sports at the Y.
In 2022, we are determined to provide youth sports opportunities to at least 150 children.
Safety Around Water
Children of color drown at 5x the rate of white children. Your gift supports the Y in providing specific programs to address this issue. In 2022, we are determined to teach at least 100 children of color to swim and to be safe around water.
Open Doors YMCA Membership
In the absence of food, clothing, and shelter, the number one need for every human being is acceptance and belonging. Regardless of financial ability, your gift supports the YMCA's doors being open to all of our neighbors. In 2022, we are determined to provide membership opportunities to at least 2,000 of our neighbors.
Send A Child To Camp
For children to thrive, they need acceptance, encouragement, and socialization with friends. With your generosity, the YMCA will provide a safe, fun and encouraging environment for the summer.
In 2022, we are determined to provide at least 200 children with a YMCA summer camp experience.