Friday, February 12, 2010

Middlesex YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

Did you know...

The YMCA of Northern Middlesex County was established in 1886. In 1928, a new building was added to meet growing enrollment, offering a swimming pool, two gymnasiums, billiards, bowling lanes and 64 dormitory rooms. This building remains today as the primary base of operations. In 1972 the building was expanded, adding a second pool, health center, and additional racquetball courts to the facilities. Here are some other little known facts about the Middlesex YMCA:

- Thirty percent of our memberships are families.
- We are the largest before and after school childcare provider in the area.
- Over 1,000 campers attend YMCA Camp Ingersoll and Outdoor Center each summer.
- We have an aquatics program for people suffering from arthritis.
- Many use our pool for physical therapy purposes.
- Our Mentoring Program helps children with special social and behavioral needs.
- Our Phelps Ingersoll Center for Children provides preschool and school readiness for 45 children.
- The YMCA Barracudas swim team has a roster of 130 kids that pound the water in our winter swim season and 75 kids in our summer season.
- We still provide 62 units of safe, affordable housing for men.
- We have a membership of over 3,370.
- Over 300 individuals receive financial assistance based on need.

Did you also know that...

The Middlesex YMCA awards over $300,000 of financial assistance to families each year. The Strong Kids Campaign is an annual fundraiser whose proceeds benefit our YMCA Open Doors Financial Assistance Program. The fist leg of fundraising is our Employee Campaign. Middlesex YMCA employees have thus far donated over $12,000 to ensure that all families and children have access to YMCA programs at affordable prices. Employees who donated were given a leaf to proudly display on our Strong Kids Employee Giving Tree located in our lobby. Thank you to all employees who supported this great cause! This is just another example of how the Middlesex YMCA is a Community of Caring People Who Support Families, Build Character and Promote Wellness.

The employee campaign is just the beginning of the fundraising. On February 11th we began our Strong Kids Community Campaign. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers who share their YMCA stories and spread our message throughout the community. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the following businesses who are showing their support to our Strong Kids Community Campaign by offering matching funds:

A & A Office Systems
Best Cleaners
Citizens Bank
Daniels Oil
Liberty Bank
May, Bonee & Walsh
Suburban Office Products

Generous donors make it possible for our Open Doors financial assistance program to respond to the needs of all community members. If you know anyone who is interested in making a charitable donation, please have them consider the Middlesex YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. If you have any questions about our campaign or for more information please contact Bob Spencer at (860) 343-6232.

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