With the immense financial, physical, and emotional impact of the pandemic playing havoc seemingly everywhere, the team of the YMCA of Greater Michiana will do it’s best to continue the road to recovery by hosting their second annual YMCA Day of Giving next Tuesday, March 2nd.
The special Day of Giving is a one-day event geared toward promoting an opportunity to give to your local Y in the greater Michiana area which includes the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA, the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, and the O’Brien/YMCA Partnership in South Bend.
The one-day effort shows support for the Y’s annual campaign, which is an initiative that provides financial assistance for programs and memberships to children and families in need, ensuring no one is turned away due to inability to pay. YMCA leaders say, “The financial, physical, and emotional impact of COVID-19 on our communities have been immense. As people return to the Y, many families and individuals need our services and financial support more than ever.”
Jill Haboush, Chief Development Officer for the YMCA of Greater Michiana, tells us, “Day of Giving is a terrific way to rally behind the important work being done daily at the Y,” and adds, “These donations will help us ensure we meet critical community needs through our core focus areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”
Here’s the impact your gift to the YMCA could make in the community:
- $10 provides an individual a day of physical activity at the Y.
- $20 provides a senior 10 visits of indoor walking at the Y.
- $25 provides a family of a special-needs teen/young adult (16+) a well-deserved evening out while their loved one enjoys an evening of fun and physical activity at the Y.
- $70 provides a child with horseback riding lessons at Camp Eberhart.
- $75 provides a child with a week of swim lessons including drown prevention and lifesaving skills in one of our surrounding lakes.
- $130 provides a child an opportunity to attend one week of summer day camp.
- $180 provides a week of childcare for an Asset Limited Income Constrained Employee (ALICE) making $16 an hour working annually.
- $540 will provide one senior with a one-year membership.
- $750 provides a cancer survivor 12-weeks of camaraderie to rebuild strength, improve energy levels and find a new confidence to live every day healthy.
Driven by its founding mission, the Y has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 175 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships, and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide.