Letter: Feeding body and soul
To strengthen our annual giving campaign and ensure that our Y is open to all, regardless of financial ability, the Y held a boxed lunch fundraiser last week, "Lunch with a Purpose." It was a resounding success!
First and foremost, thank you to Nelda Gibbs and her "team" for a delicious lunch. As soon as the volunteers told people it was Nelda’s chicken salad and broccoli salad—SOLD—proof-positive that the first step to a great fundraiser is to have a great product to sell. Thanks also to the many dedicated volunteers who sold, assembled and delivered lunches.
Not only do you have to have a great product for a successful fundraiser, you have to have volunteers who believe in the driving force—the mission, or purpose. Finally, thanks to everyone who bought a boxed lunch—individuals and local businesses alike. Your generosity demonstrates your commitment to helping those who aren’t looking for a hand out but a hand up.
As a nonprofit, charitable organization, the Y provides almost $3,000 in financial assistance each month. So far this year, 651 scholarships have been given to local youth and families. In fact, 1/10 of our program participants and 1/5 of our members were still given the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y even though they were on a fixed income and couldn’t afford the full fees.
The Y is so much more than a place. We don’t just strengthen bodies, we help kids achieve their goals; we help families come together; we help communities build connections. We’re a cause dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. So, for helping us provide free summer meals to kids, for helping us provide teens with a sense of purpose while they address bullying and suicide prevention, for helping us provide countless adults the means to improve their quality of life and remain independent … Thank you! When you purchased a lunch from the Y you not only fed your body, you fed your soul by making an investment in your community through
Mathews Family YMCA