Inspired by the growing numbers of families in our community who struggle to make ends meet, volunteers for the YMCA of Boulder Valley’s annual fundraising campaign are aiming for a home run with the most ambitious goal seen in recent years.
With a target of $315,000 raised in just five weeks, the YMCA of Boulder Valley is in the last inning of the 2016 Community Support Campaign.
Two of the 135 volunteer campaigners, Linda Nehls and Kimberly Fels, Realtors® at RE/MAX of Boulder, are amping up their efforts by reaching out to more than 100 fellow RE/MAX of Boulder Realtors®.
“I love what the Y does in our community,” says Linda Nehls, executive board chair for YMCA of Boulder Valley, describing the campaign’s focus on raising funds so families and children can participate in Y programs regardless of their ability to pay.
Now in her fifteenth year as a campaign volunteer, Nehls describes her involvement as “a heart thing.”
“Let’s say a family is really struggling and their child wants to play hockey. They can get a financial scholarship so their child can play hockey. So every child has an opportunity to participate in sports and camps and childcare. The before- and after-school programs allow parents to have access to childcare so they can work and sometimes even so they can look for a job,” Nehls says.
In addition to the fitness, sports, camps and childcare programs, special programs include the Y Achievers at Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette. Y Achievers helps students who speak English as a second language close the learning gap. The goal is for students to learn to read by the second grade.
Starting this year, the Y will be providing $24,000 in a partnership program with the Boulder Valley School District to “provide food for families that need it to take home on the weekend because they don’t have enough food,” adds Nehls.
“The Y serves every age group – it services babies and toddlers who receive childcare while their parents work out at the Y, and elementary kids who receive before- and after-school care. There’s also a Parkinson’s group for fitness support and a cancer survivor group among many other programs,” Nehls explains.
Campaign donations provide scholarships to help families who can’t pay for YMCA youth sports, summer camp, after-school programs and swimming. Donations also subsidize programs for young teens that are designed to reduce risky behaviors and encourage social responsibility. And donations provide financial assistance to youth, adults, families and seniors for Y memberships.
“It is easy to see the impact the Y has on the community. Each individual I have been in contact with communicates gratitude for the connection,” says Kimberly Fels, a first-year YMCA campaign volunteer.
Fels describes the Y as a “powerhouse. To me, the YMCA is a strong house built with love and support and surrounded by a community that keeps growing.”
“Living here is a blessing not to be taken lightly. I feel it is my moral obligation to find ways every day to positively affect those lives around me. This Y campaign is one way I am fulfilling my goal and I ask everyone to join in, get engaged and reach out to others,” Fels says.
For more information about the Community Support Campaign, visit www.ymcabv.org .
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