The Oswego YMCA today announces the kick-off of its 2010 Strong Kids campaign, a fundraising effort to increase support for the Oswego Yâ€™s scholarship fund. Proceeds from the Strong Kids Campaign will fund scholarships that allow children and families who otherwise may not be able to, to benefit from family strengthening YMCA programs such as child care, day camp and programs for at-risk youth.
â€œWe are proud to be able to meet the growing needs of our community by providing financial assistance for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs but may not otherwise be able to afford them,â€ Deana Masuicca, Executive Director. â€œOur goal is to raise $50,000.00 to provide scholarships for children and families from all income levels to participate in YMCA programs.â€
At the heart of community life in Oswego is the mission-driven YMCA is â€œa place to belongâ€ and to live the values that guide and unite our members: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The YMCA provides a special opportunity for kids and adults to join life-changing and life-saving programs such as day camp, child care, youth sports, water safety, before and afterschool care, and summer camp.
â€œChildren and families in our community need and deserve the family-oriented programs and services the YMCA can provide,” said Jackie Sheffield, Financial Development Director “Few things are more important than a healthy lifestyle, strong community, positive role models and quality time spent together as a family. This is a critical campaign for the future of our community, and I am honored to be involved.â€
The YMCA offers kids and families the chance to make positive choices: Quality child care opportunities mean parents can work to improve their quality of life; youth sports programs give kids the chance to belong to a team devoted to making a positive difference; and healthy lifestyle programs give everyone in the family the chance to lead healthier, more productive lives.
The culmination of this yearsâ€™ Strong Kids Campaign will be Entergyâ€™s â€œRun for the Kidsâ€ Event, held May 8, 2010 at the Oswego Middle School on Fitzgibbons Dr in Oswego. The run/walk event starts at 8:30am with either a 5K walk 5K/10K run. Registration is open now and the cost is $15 until 4/30. After 4/30 registration will be $20. Again this year we will also have a Kids Fun Run beginning at 8am. Distances for kids are Â¼ mile, Â½ mile or 1mile run. Registration is $1 for kids. Join us after the event for music, Air Hop Inflatables, facepainting, chair massage and refreshments. Join us in celebrating fun and fitness in support of the Oswego Yâ€™s mission to provide access to Y program for all!
For more information please call the Oswego YMCA 343-1981 or visit our website www.oswegoymca.org.
About YMCA of the USA
YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nationâ€™s 2,686 YMCAs, which serve 21 million people each year, including nearly 10 million children ages 17 and under. YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on their collective strength as one of Americaâ€™s largest not-for-profit community service organizations. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served Americaâ€™s communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Visit www.ymca.net to find your local YMCA.