YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing Aims to Invest $1 Million into Mid-Michigan Communities
Monday, February 29, 2016
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
The Y’s 2016 annual campaign kicks off this week
The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing is pleased to announce its 2016 Annual Campaign Goal is $1 million. The Y will invest the money that is raised during the annual campaign back into the mid-Michigan communities it serves.
The money raised from this campaign will be used to give children and families in need the opportunity to get involved with the Y. The Y is dedicated to supporting the community in three areas of focus; youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It will continue to support the greater Lansing area by responding to critical needs in these three areas.
Along with support from community partners, the Y has launched a Diabetes Prevention Program, to help prevent this chronic disease. It also provides physical education in seven schools throughout the Lansing School District, and later this year will launch the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen to help educate children and families about healthy food choices. The mobile kitchen will also provide healthy meal options to at-risk populations in the community. Money from the campaign will help support all of these new initiatives; it will also provide financial assistance to teach children the lifesaving skill – how to swim, provide assistance for summer camps, after school programs and early childhood education opportunities for at-risk youth.
“Lots of people know and love the Y,” said Jeff Scheibel, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. “But many see it as a gym and swim only. We want people to understand that we are a charity first and foremost whose mission is to support our communities. This campaign is our way of showing the Lansing area that we are committed to reaching this goal for the betterment of all of us.”
“Every day we are inspired by the stories we hear from families and individuals who have been impacted just because the Y reached out to help in their greatest time of need,” said Larry Leatherwood, chair of the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s 2016 annual campaign. “This is why we believe in this campaign, and why we believe our community is worth the effort.”
While working to meet its $1 million goal with over 200 volunteers, the Y will continue to move people and communities forward through their “For a Better Us” campaign that works to educate members and the community on the lasting impact the Y can have for families everywhere. You can help impact a child or family’s life by donating to the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. For more information about the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing or to make an online donation, visit ymcaoflansing.org.