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For A Better Us

The campaign is instrumental in ensuring everyone in our area has access to community programs and resources that support healthy living, social responsibility,

Morgan Weaver
Kids at the Y

The Henry County YMCA recently launched its annual fundraising campaign, For A Better Us. The campaign is instrumental in ensuring everyone in our area has access to community programs and resources that support healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. Donations are being directly accepted at givetoymca.org

Daily, the Henry County YMCA works to support the community by addressing issues such as summer child care, school readiness, and diabetes prevention. The YMCA strives to provide a place for every person in the community to reach their full potential- to create a better us.

“This year, more than ever, I have been able to see how important fitness is to our community,” explained Kelsay Smith, Director of Member Relations. “I have heard more times than I can count from members and the community that the state of their mental health would have been drastically different over the last year had they not had a physical, mental, emotional, and social outlet to stay connected and feel like they are a part of something.”                                                                                  

Thanks to the generous gifts given in 2020, the YMCA scholarship program did not require borrowing from the general fund. This is the first time in recent history that the sponsorships and donations were able to completely cover scholarships and give the community an opportunity to be a better us.

Community members can get involved in several ways. Banner sponsorships provide a visible reminder of a commitment to the Henry County YMCA. Businesses and individuals can provide a banner sponsorship at a cost ranging from $250 to over $2,500. Personal donations are always welcome, and individuals can give any amount at the YMCA and post a card up on the wall. Online donations can be made at givetoymca.org.

“Families are hurting. A lot of people cannot afford to do the things and give the opportunity to their children that they could, three or four years ago,” added Aaron Benson, Board Member. “This campaign goes directly to help those people. We will not turn any family away if they cannot afford a program. The YMCA has a philosophy, A Better Us, and by doing so we can provide a better experience for us as a community as whole.”

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