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We have many writers and our Blogs are of different perspectives and genres, but one is important to some target group. This blog is clear and simple. I love children, I have children, and I have a very large inner child. Children are our future and each and every one of them deserves a chance to be happier and healthier. One organization which recognizes this is the YMCA. The YMCA proudly offers programs of so many diverse areas (health, sports, learn to swim, camp, daycare, family fun, competitions, dance, music and so much more).
With all the programs the YMCA has for children and adults, it amazes me. It gives me great joy as a YMCA volunteer and parent, when I see a child succeed. The core values, success through trying your best at an activity, and in working either alone or in groups. A YMCA can be life-altering to children and a place for them to grow and reach their potential. I hope everyone has experienced the joy of watching a child’s face light up, followed by a huge smile and a look of accomplishment that they have done something “out of the box,” and they feel great. That is what is seen on the many faces of the youthful campers of the Merrimack Valley YMCA summer camps.
Some children can not afford camp. The YMCA therefore has the Reach Out for Youth Campaign in order to ensure that all children have the ability to attend our YMCA summer camps regardless of financial situation. We just want the children to enjoy a fabulous camping experience.
This is the donation url: https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/features/onlinegiving/donationdetails.aspx?cid=3101 but please read on to understand the campaign, and how we are helping youth attend YMCA camp.
What does the Reach Out For Youth Campaign do?
The ROFY Campaign raises money to ensure that ALL children have the opportunity to attend camp (Otter, Lawrence and Nokomis). Funds go to help children who normally would not be able to afford camp due to financial hardship. In 2011, we provided enough financial assistance that was raised through the Reach Out for Youth campaign that over 100 children were able to attend summer camp (between the 3 camps). That is impressive and something to be very proud of.
What is the purpose of the campaign?
I could go on and on about the benefits that our camps have on children and families, but this group already is well aware of the benefits. We all chose the Merrimack Valley YMCA Camps for different reasons. What we have in common is the passion and special stories about a wonderful place for “children to be children”, to live and learn core values, and grow. We are fortunate enough to experience the positive impact camp has had on our children, and our families first-hand. The ROFY Campaign provides that same fabulous experience to children, regardless of the ability to pay.
What is the best way to contribute to the Reach Out forYouth Program?
We need reach out and raise money to get your pledges submitted through the attached form. Also, please feel free to share this pledge form with your friends and family who may want a tax deduction, love children and want to support a great program, or are your typical circle of friends/philanthropists who help make this campaign strong.
Thank you all very much for what you do to make the Camp Services Branch, the YMCA and our youth better.
Choices for the attached Pledge Form.
There are several payment options described on the pledge card pdf. Pledging is flexible and the attached form gives us many options for how we pay (pledge now and pay later, one time sum, or break up into smaller payments through the year).
This is the donation url: https://ops1.operations.daxko.com/features/onlinegiving/donationdetails.aspx?cid=3101
Thank you for your investment in the youth of America.
Chair, Reach Out for Youth Campaign
Merrimack Valley YMCA