Strengthening Community

image courtesy of YMCA of Boulder Valley

For a better future. For a better us.

Here’s one cause you can easily get behind.

The YMCA of Boulder Valley is in full swing with their annual Community Support Campaign to help kids and families benefit from its far-reaching programs.

This year’s financial goal– $315,000 – is the largest amount the Y has planned to raise over such a short period in a long time: the campaign runs for only five weeks.

The goal is to hit or surpass the goal by the end of February.

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.

‘Oh, I get it,’ you think, ‘the Y is having a membership drive.’

No, indeed this is a fundraising campaign. While members of the YMCA of Boulder Valley are highly valued and membership fees go toward covering operational expenses, these fees are not adequate to fund the full mission of the YMCA. Donations and grants make up the remainder of the budget.

The need for financial help is great – and growing.

Last year, the YMCA of Boulder Valley awarded over $625,000 in scholarships for YMCA programs. This year, the scholarship need is expected to increase to $760,000.

Depending on your stage in life, Y programs top of mind for you might be School Age Child Care, summer camps, ice skating at the Arapahoe Y, yoga for cancer survivors or working out at the Mapleton gym.

All are among the many programs offered by the YMCA of Boulder Valley.

All are a part of the fabric of our lives.

And all are available to every community member, regardless of ability to pay.

Therein lies the BIG benefit the YMCA of Boulder Valley provides to the communities and more than 50,000 people annually in three facilities now under one umbrella – Boulder, Lafayette, and as of October 2015, Longmont – as well as 65 locations.

Y programs are there for you whether you can afford them or not.

Currently, 30 percent of the Y’s 32,000 program participants and members need help with the cost.

About the Campaign

For a Better You. For a Better Future. For a Better Us.

The YMCA of Boulder Valley’s Community Support Campaign will take place during the month of February. You can track the progress in each of the Y lobbies, and you can give by visiting One in three participants in YMCA of Boulder Valley programs receives financial assistance. As a nonprofit organization, the Y never turns away anyone based on ability to pay. Your financial support is needed to keep that promise.

Here’s what your donation can do:

  • $50 helps Julio, a 4-year-old, overcome his fear of the water and learn basic water safety
  • $100 provides Callie with a season of soccer
  • $250 provides day camp for Anna when both of her parents were laid off from work
  • $500 supports the YMCA All Stars Basketball Team, in which Charlie, a boy with Down Syndrome, and his friends, who have conditions such as Asperger’s and cerebral palsy, show us that regardless of limitations, all kids have a desire to compete and to achieve
  • $1,000 creates local and global service projects for learning

 So Give

Make your dollars count. Donate here today.

The YMCA of Boulder Valley is the February Featured Friend at the Boulder Source. Please stay tuned for articles on the many programs the Y offers and an up-close look at some of the 135 campaigners charged with making this year’s ambitious fundraising goal.