YMCA launches annual campaign

ESCANABA — The Northern Lights YMCA is launching its annual fundraising campaign on Thursday, January 21 to help ensure that everyone in Delta County has access to vital community programs and resources – especially during these challenging times.

Every year, the YMCA works to respond to the needs of the community and this year has been no different. Since the country began seeing the effects of COVID-19, the Y mobilized to provide the essential services needed.

Since March, the Y has provided 100’s of virtual fitness classes, provided child care to essential workers, called seniors and others who face social isolation, modified the fitness center to ensure members feel safe while maintaining their healthy routines, offered a regional (UP Wide) wellness challenge and created a safe space for children to learn while schools operate remotely.

“Our community has faced unprecedented challenges this year, said Fund Development Director, Caron Salo, “but we’ve also seen unprecedented support from our members, volunteers and community. Strong communities are built by people who care about one another, and this year has proven Delta County cares.

This year, the YMCA hopes to raise $119,000, which will support kids and families with financial needs, youth programs, fitness outreach, evidence based programs like Diabetes Prevention, Matter of Balance & Chronic Pain Management and continue to meet the community’s critical needs.

Last year, charitable gifts from YMCA donors made it possible for 100’s of kids to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school; for families to reconnect and grow together; and people access to education and training to reach their full potential.

A virtual kick-off event will take place on Thursday, January 21 between 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. and will include more than 50 volunteers.

For more information about the Y’s work and to donate, please contact Caron Salo at csalo@nlymca.com or 906-789-0202.


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