Skaneateles Y and Community Center kick offs support campaign

The Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center will kick off its first annual support campaign this week

to raise scholarship dollars for program and membership subsidies.

Central to the Y's mission is the principle that no one is turned away for an inability to pay. As a community -centered organization, the Y wants to ensure that its program and services are accessible to everyone in the Skaneateles community, regardless of financial, personal or family circumstances. "Losing a job should not mean that you can't stay healthy", stated Elisabeth Hurley, campaign chair for the Skaneateles Y's fundraising campaign.

Dollars raised underwrite the Y's scholarship fund, which provides subsidies for youth, adults, families and seniors. Financial assistance is available not only for memberships, but also programs, including school age child care, which provides a safe, caring environment for children before and after school and on school vacation days, the Terrific Twos preschool program, youth programs and aquatic therapy. Concurrent fundraising efforts will be run in both the Auburn and Skaneateles communities where the YMCA operates programs and facilities. Skaneateles' goal is $25,000.

More than 30 volunteers will be involved in different roles including division leaders, team captains and campaigners. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact Dorothea Hughes at the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center at 685-2266 or e-mail at dorothea@auburnymca.net.

The campaign runs through March 30. Please consider giving to the Y and strengthening your community. For more information about applying for a scholarship, please contact Stephanie Bales, Membership Director, at 685-2266 or stephanie@auburnymca.net.

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