The Stevens Point Area YMCA kicked off its 2016 Annual Campaign: “Together, We Can Create a Better Us.” This year’s goal is to raise $200,000, which the Y uses to provide financial assistance to individuals and families who want to join the Y. In 2015, the Y provided 4,969 scholarships that allowed individuals and families join the Y as members and to participate in childcare, camp, swim lessons, and other Y programs and services.
The Annual Campaign is important for people like Melissa Niedfelt, who joined the Y in 2004 primarily because she was looking for a safe and healthy place for her daughter to attend daycare and preschool. It didn’t take long for them to discover that their membership also provided them with access to other activities such as the racquetball court, fitness classes, and open gym, offering Melissa and her daughter a “safe and healthy environment” to build a “healthy and happy” life. This was made possible, Melissa says, “because of the financial help I was provided by the YMCA.” She acknowledges, “Without [the Y’s financial assistance program] I would not be able to be a member.” Melissa is deeply grateful to those who support the Y financial assistance program: “Because of you my daughter and myself have experienced so many positives in our lives.” Melissa isn’t alone: 99% of families on financial assistance reported that the Y has had a positive impact in their lives.
If you’re reading this, you probably know that the Y relies on our community to support these services. But you may not be aware of how generously Y Staff members contribute to our fund raising mission each year. At a recent kick-off event, Y Staff—from part time college students to full time directors and administrators—contributed over $17,500 to the campaign.
These contributions come from people like Rob Simon, who has worked at the Y for 22 years. Rob currently serves as the Teen Advisor, a role that allows him to mentor teens. In fact, for many teens that join the Y’s Teen Leaders program, Rob becomes what one former Leader called her “YMCA adopted dad.” What Rob most appreciates about the Y is its emphasis on family and building relationships. He reflects, “I honestly believe I’m on this earth to build relationships and try my best to help others.” For Rob, working at the Y has been a “dream come true.” The passion and commitment toward building a happier and healthier community that we witness every day from Y Staff are what makes the Y such a special place.
To date, Y Staff contributions combined with the help of several Pacesetter gifts and lead volunteers, the Y has already raised close to $75,300. Thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, and donors who work so hard to make the Stevens Point Y such an inclusive and positive place.
If you’re interested in giving to the Y, you can do so online by visiting the Y’s Annual Campaign website.