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YMCA Strong Communities Campaign Passes Halfway Mark News Release

YMCA Strong Communities Campaign Passes Halfway Mark

Brockville & Kingston, ON – Thank you, to all our supporters! Let’s keep the momentum going!

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is at the halfway mark of this year’s Strong Communities Campaign and has already raised $77,000 of our $100,000 goal.

Your YMCA puts these funds to very good use.

“One in four YMCA memberships are subsidized through the financial assistance program; we are seeing the need for this support growing by almost 10 per cent as the pandemic continues to take its toll,” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “We expect this trend to continue.”

The YMCA turns no one away. The financial assistance program provides vulnerable members of our communities with access to safe spaces, healthy programs and positive social connections.

Every donation makes a difference whether it is a one-time gift or a monthly contribution.

  • $15/month helps a teen build character and the skills needed to reach their life goals in a YMCA youth leadership program.
  • $25/month enables a child to develop self-confidence and believe in their abilities by learning to swim.
  • $50/month gives a child the opportunity to attend a YMCA summer camp, giving them outdoor experiences and memories to last a lifetime.
  • $80/month gives a senior the chance to maintain good health and develop important connections in the community.
  • $165/month provides a vulnerable family with an all-inclusive membership to the YMCA so they can be healthy and engaged in their family and community life.

Adams said: “I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who has already contributed. We are over the halfway mark but need a final push to reach our goal so we can continue to support youth-at-risk, seniors with chronic diseases and others to have better outcomes.”

The campaign runs to November 30. Donations may be made online at eo.ymca.ca/donate or by texting YMCA to 41010 to make a gift of $10 or $20.

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is grateful again this year to have donations – up to $32,500 – doubled by The Estate of Larry Gibson.

About the YMCA of Eastern Ontario

The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a charity that provides programs and services to improve health and health outcomes, develops leaders, helps build social connections and provides safe, inclusive spaces for people of all ages. The Y is Canada’s largest provider of childcare with trademarked curricula, and offers fitness and other programs including SCUBA, Karate and Total Life Care.


For information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Colleen Gareau

Director, Marketing and Communications