What a beautiful fall it has been. Your Y has been busy kicking off a great year of afterschool care with the Kirksville R-III School District. Each day magic is happening during the critical hours of 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Kids are learning to play with each other, be loud, laugh a lot, get help with their homework and eat healthy snacks. Our Y has continued delivering on our promises to help strengthen families in our community by providing $34,686.00 (to date!) in financial assistance to kids and families right here in our own community.
We are only able to provide those dollars of assistance through our annual Strong Kids Campaign. During this time people are given the opportunity to financially support mission-based programs and to provide funding to furnish financial assistance to those who want to participate but cannot afford program or membership fees. This spring we will kick off the “Building Strong Kids” Campaign, an annual campaign that is all about telling the story of the YMCA and asking for financial support. Our goal for 2015 will be to raise $30,000, but most importantly the campaign will allow board members to tell the story of the YMCA and share that giving creates ownership in the community. Special recognition will be offered for those meeting the Chairman’s Roundtable Challenge, a contribution of $1,000, or more to the annual campaign. The 2015 Annual Campaign Chairman is Jim Bergman, Human Resources Director at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
The Y is so much more than a building, we are a mission driven movement focusing on the Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Y is made of many volunteers, members and participants involved in so many different ways. Be sure to check out our new website and send us your Y story. We are the Adair County Family YMCA, you belong here and it is my hope that you feel welcome here, each and every time you are involved with the Y.