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Y launches annual fundraising campaign

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 6:57 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – The Kishwaukee Family YMCA has launched its annual campaign to ensure that everyone in DeKalb County has access to community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Every day, the Kishwaukee Family YMCA works to support the people and neighborhoods in need. The Y addresses community issues, focusing on those that prevent chronic disease. It also helps children reach their full potential by making youth programs accessible to all.

“Throughout DeKalb County, countless people know the Y. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think,” said Debbie Madeley, director of development. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, giving back and providing support to our neighbors.”

Funds raised will help children achieve their potential through summer camp, membership, youth sports, after-school and swim lesson scholarships. The annual campaign also allows the Y to offer programs such as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA to local cancer survivors and the Diabetes Prevention Program to those at high risk of developing diabetes. This year, the Kishwaukee Family Y hopes to raise $150,000.

Last year, charitable gifts from YMCA donors helped to provide 10,000 meals to youth and families in DeKalb County, swim lessons for 111 children, and youth sports scholarships for 85 children playing on Y teams. These gifts also funded 408 weeks of summer camp to children in need. Additionally, donations allowed the Kishwaukee Family Y to provide support free of charge to 55 cancer survivors through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

The annual campaign ensures that no one is turned away from the Kishwaukee Family YMCA for inability to pay.

To learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, contact Madeley at 815-756-9577 or visit www.ymca.net/give for more information.

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