YMCA Receives Record Donations

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Asheville, N.C., July 25, 2019 - Thanks to the generosity of more than 2,000 local donors, the YMCA of Western North Carolina is able to fund more community programs than ever before. For the first time in the nonprofit’s 130-year history, the Y has raised more than $1 million in its annual giving campaign.

Charitable donations help provide much-needed financial support and relief for families and individuals who participate in various Y programs, including water safety lessons, food distributions, diabetes prevention, summer camp, membership, and afterschool child care.

“It means I don’t have to worry about our fridge being empty when we run out of money for the week. It’s like an extra security blanket,” said Kara Girard, a participant in the Y’s free nutrition outreach program.

The Y serves people of all ages and stages of life, and contributions to the annual campaign help meet the needs of many who are underserved. “I just appreciate being a part of the program and being able to come to the Y,” said Regina Blount, a participant in the Y’s Minority Diabetes Prevention Program. “For me it was life changing.”

Having access to Y programs can make a real difference in people’s lives, said Amanda Newsome, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

"The afterschool program has been unbelievable for our son, Evan, in building his character, self-esteem, his coping skills, kindness to others, humility and confidence,” Newsome said. She noted that the program also helps her son stay on a consistent schedule despite the disruption caused by her illness.

Donors to the Y get more than a tax deduction. They also get the opportunity to put their gift to work in the community as volunteers.

“The more you give, the more you get back,” said YMCA donor Selina Delangre, CEO of Selina Naturally. “We were honored to have the opportunity to volunteer with a YMCA Nutrition Mobile Market as well as donate to the youth development program.

The Y serves the community through these programs with the support of community partners such as Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County.

"I have had the pleasure of meeting and partnering with the great instructors of Safety Around Water,” said Thomas Priester, student support specialist at Children First. “Students of the Johnston Community have benefitted from such an amazing program that not only provides pool time, but also builds trust and definitely a life skill of learning to swim and the safety of water! These are the same students that weren’t sure of getting their faces wet let alone trusting and believing the amazing staff to keep them afloat and teaching them how to swim.”

For more information on the Y's charitable programs and to give, visit ymcawnc.org.