YMCA Buffalo Niagara officially kicks off of its 2017 annual campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Funds raised from the Y's annual campaign give children and families in need an opportunity to take part in programs they would otherwise be unable to afford. For example, they provide parents with child care, youth with a place to learn new skills, and seniors a place to take charge of their health and well-being.
The association is seeking the community's support to help reach its fundraising goal of $775,000 by April 6.
"The Y is a place where people of all ages and demographics can learn, grow, and develop healthy life habits," said Michael Dolan, campaign chairman. "The YMCA's annual campaign helps ensure that everyone has an opportunity to send their child to a safe and fun afterschool or camp program, learn about disease prevention, or take part in fitness classes to improve and maintain their health. We are able to make a truly meaningful impact because of the generous campaign support we receive each year."
The Y is passionate in its quest to help others, but needs the community's support to achieve its mission and goals. In 2016, the Y provided $982,757 in financial assistance to 2,484 individuals and families throughout Western New York.
YMCA leadership and supporters will gather at the Grapevine Banquet Center from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, to celebrate the campaign kickoff. To learn more about or contribute to the Y's annual campaign, call 716-565-6000 or visit www.YMCABN.org.
Locally founded in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community-based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA's focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is reflected in the variety of programs that are offered to all ages and abilities. Collaborations with insurance carriers such as Univera, Independent Health, and BlueCross BlueShield provide the opportunity for those seeking a healthier lifestyle to do so at the YMCA.
A not-for-profit organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves over 100,000 people annually through seven branches located throughout Western New York, as well as at 40-plus community-based program sites.