YMCA Invest in Youth campaign raises a record $1.26 million

Funds raised will help residents of Snohomish County learn, grow and thrive
May 08, 2013

The Y in YMCA stands for Youth Development, because the organization believes that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

Each year, the YMCA of Snohomish County conducts its annual Invest in Youth campaign to raise greatly needed funds to support children, teens, and families throughout its five branch operations and Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate office.

The 2013 campaign goal was $1,258,000. As of May 1, the Y confirmed exceeding the campaign goal with a record $1,264,200 raised, 8 percent more than last year.

“Our campaign is the ultimate demonstration of community caring,” said Scott Washburn, the YMCA CEO. “Our goal is to ensure that all kids and families can benefit from the services provided by our YMCA. Every year our community steps up to make this possible.”

Through the Y, thousands of children and teens throughout Snohomish County participate in Youth Development programs designed to help them cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

The Mukilteo campaign was led by community volunteer Greg Abbey. The Mukilteo Family YMCA alone raised $170,117.

As a leading nonprofit organization in Snohomish County, the YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program, supported by contributions to the annual Invest in Youth campaign and United Way provided $1,760,000 in direct financial assistance to 10,730 individuals during 2012.

“This is the most money ever raised in our YMCA history, and I am once again humbled by the commitment of our community,” said campaign chair Mark Mantei. “For many youth in our community, the YMCA is a second home. It’s a place where they can feel safe and secure.

“The dollars raised through the Invest in Youth campaign help us offer important services and programs to those who need them. By doing so we strengthen the foundation of our community.”

Ninety-four cents of every Invest in Youth dollar contributed provides direct financial assistance to low-income families and support to programs such as child care, youth development, teen services, water safety, mentoring and summer camp.

These funds together with grants from the United Way of Snohomish County, corporations, and foundations subsidize a variety of programs for individuals of all ages.

It’s not too late to donate. Donate online at ymca-snoco.org/donate.

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