People often overlook the fact that our Family Y does a lot more than provide great “swim & gym” opportunities for our 5,000-plus members. We’re a charitable nonprofit organization that strives to make its essential programs and services available to all who seek our help, regardless of their ability to pay.
Our continuing mission — as both a locally run center of community life and as part of network of Ys helping people in their own communities around the world — is to enrich the entire community by developing and nurturing the potential our youth, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
Not all of our costs, and good deeds, are covered by membership and program fees, so we rely on the generosity of our members and supporters to help us to fulfill our obligations in the community.
Last year, your contributions to our Annual Support Campaign, aka the Strong Kids Campaign, allowed us to provide:
• $120,000 in direct aid to those in need of child care;
• $83,000 in scholarships for children to attend Camp Mahackeno;
• $79,000 in subsidized or free memberships to neighbors in need.
In all, our Family Y provided $321,500 in financial assistance during 2012. (To read more about our Community Impact in 2012, please click here.) That’s a lot of good your generosity creates!
That need continues, which is why we’ve come up with a fun way to demonstrate our shared belief in the mission of our Y by putting in some “sweat equity” in support of our annual campaign.
Help us keep our wheels in motion.
From Monday, June 3 through Monday, June 10, our Family Y will have a Spin Bike at the Member Services Desk. (In the photo at right, Member Peter Bradeen takes the bike for a test spin as Y staffers Brian Marazzi and Jay Jaronko stand by.) Our goal is to keep the Spin Bike moving for 70 hours over the course of the week!
How can you help? Sign up today for a 30-minute session on the bike; each session costs $10 (or more if you wish). You can also nominate a staff member to ride a session for $20. To join us, simply stop by our Member Services Desk and let them know how you’d like to help. Every dollar we raise will go back to helping kids and families in Westport and Weston!
Thank you for helping us keep our charitable wheels in motion (and burn a few extra calories). And please know you can also make a safe and secure donation online, simply by clicking here.
At our Y, strengthening families and community is our cause; make it yours as well, by joining our Annual Support Campaign today.
Click on the graphic below to view a brief video about how your support helped our Family Y recover from Superstorm Sandy last fall. Thank you!