YMCA of Snohomish County kicks off giving campaign

By Megan Managan | Mar 06, 2014
Photo by: Megan Managan Saikou Darboe, 6, kicks during the 4-6 year-old division at the Mukilteo YMCA’s Kick-A-Thon event on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The program was part of the YMCA of Snohomish County’s annual support campaign to raise money for the local clubs.

Each year the YMCA of Snohomish County helps thousands of families and youths, including many in Mukilteo. Every spring, the YMCA also asks for the community’s assistance to continue providing that help.

Last week the YMCA kicked off its annual giving campaign, which provides financial assistance and programs to the local clubs and organizations working with the Y.

In 2013, the campaign provided $2.1 million in assistance to more than 10,400 individuals. Another $3.9 million helped youth and family program subsidies, which helped 50,765 children and teens in Snohomish County.

“Throughout Snohomish County, countless people know the YMCA, but there’s so much more to our Y than one might think,” said Scott Forslund, chair of the YMCA Annual Campaign.

“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, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.”

This year, the goal is to raise $1,313,000 and, more specifically, to raise $187,000 at the YMCA in Mukilteo.

According to Scott Washburn, the president and CEO of YMCA of Snohomish County, Mukilteo’s share of the funds goes to help with the Casino Road Youth Development Center, Minority Achievers Program and other programs for which the YMCA does not charge for.

The Casino Road Youth Development Center is a free, drop-in place for kids who live in the area to go after school and is open five days a week. It provides homework support and a safe place for children to be.

In 2013, the Mukilteo YMCA provided direct financial assistance to 1,541 individuals. That includes memberships for families and other programs specific to the club in Mukilteo.

As part of the campaign, YMCA locations throughout Snohomish County are holding events to raise money.

Last week the Mukilteo YMCA held it’s first event, a Kick-A-Thon, followed by a basketball tournament last Saturday. Events at the Mukilteo location will run through March.

Other events to be held at the Mukilteo YMCA include:

• Cycle-a-Thon on Thursday, March 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Swim meet on March 15 from 3 to 6 p.m.

• Zumba-a-Thon on March 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Skate Contest on March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in donating or learning more about the campaign can visit ymca-snoco.org/give.

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