Oswego Y Launches 2011 Strong Kids Campaign

Submitted by the Oswego YMCA

Oswego, NY – The Oswego YMCA is launching its Strong Kids Campaign to financially support individuals and families in need, so that they can participate in YMCA programs and services. Funds raised directly support the Y’s cause of strengthening communities by nurturing the potential of every youth and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Providing financial support is critical to the Y’s goal of ensuring that everyone has access to programs and services that support their individual health and well-being.

“At the Oswego Y, we count on the generosity of our donors and volunteers to make a meaningful impact on our community,” said Jackie Sheffield, Membership & Financial Development Director, Oswego YMCA. “We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.” This year’s goal is $30,000. At press time, the Oswego Y is already at 45% of the 2011 goal. “Our donors have historically have been generous. Our volunteer Campaigners are great at sharing how the Oswego Y impacts our community, and are able to demonstrate how their continued support is critical to ensuring that all youth in Oswego have opportunity to participate in Y programs, ” said Sheffield.

Gifts to the Oswego YMCA make a direct impact to the community. Last year, financial support made it possible for: 264 kids to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school; for 87 families to reconnect and grow together; and 54 people access to education and training to reach their full potential.

The Oswego Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day will kick-off this year’s campaign on
April 1,2011 from 6-8pm in the Oswego Y Armory. This collaborative event will showcase summer programs at the Oswego Y, as well as healthy living opportunities for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day at the Oswego Y is locally sponsored by Stewart’s Shops, for the second year. This evening will be fun and interactive event and is free to the community! Summer Camp- Camp Discovery and Oswego Y Tee-ball registration will also be this evening. Oswego City Police and Fire Department, Coast Guard, Oswego Childcare Council and Traffic Safety Council will also be on hand with demonstrations and information. Join us for this fun, FREE event!

To learn more about the event or how to support the Oswego Y Strong Kids Campaign, please contact Jackie Sheffield at the Oswego Y 343-1981 or visit www.oswegoymca.org for more information.

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net