Julie Nichols, School’s Out Director, and Liz Rothwell, Facilities Supervisor, are fancy in their Mardi Gras swag at the Brandywine YMCA kickoff.
The YMCA of Delaware has officially launched its annual campaign to help ensure people in the state of Delaware have access to the YMCA, its community programs, and valuable resources. As we all know, the YMCA of Delaware plays a vital role in supporting various community needs including school readiness, healthy weight support and awareness, diabetes prevention, food insecurity, safety around water and closing the achievement gap.
This year we hope to raise 1.6 million dollars. Funds raised will be used to provide financial assistance for families, senior citizens and individuals to ease the cost of memberships, camps, childcare and other programs.
In 2015, we awarded nearly $4.3 million dollars in financial assistance to our members and program participants. Additionally, last year charitable gifts from YMCA donors made it possible to teach 3,952 children from low to moderate income households free beginner swim lessons. The Y also served more than 150,000 free and nutritious meals and snacks to children in our after and before school program.
To kickoff the 2016 Annual Campaign, each YMCA branch hosted a unique event for board members and volunteers. The purpose was to share campaign goals and build excitement around the YMCA mission.