JACKSON TWP.  The YMCA’s promise to “never to turn anyone away due to an inability to pay” is the focus of the Paul & Carol David YMCA in Jackson Township annual campaign. The donation drive started on March 4 and runs through April 26.

The goal this year is to raise $70,000 during the eight-week time frame. The money raised is used to provide programming support and assistance to those kids and families in need in Jackson Township.

Last year the annual campaign exceeded the goal of raising $65,000 which helped provide programming support to 1651 individuals living in Jackson Township. Total programming support provided exceeded $260,000 for the year; 31 percent above the target.

Additional goals of the annual campaign is to increase the overall donor base and close the gap between total programming cost less the campaign donations, the difference of which will come from the Y’s operations budget. 

“Our annual campaign is designed to fill the gap for the scholarships we give so the Jackson YMCA so it can fulfill its promise of never having to turn anyone away, 100 percent of the donations stay at the Jackson YMCA,” Flory said. “The scholarships are based on the inability of an individual to pay for membership which is one out of nine members at the Jackson Y.”

Flory said there are 15 members on the campaign committee who are spreading the word and asking members, non-members and the community at large to make donations or pledges for donations that can be paid throughout the year.

Some of the programming the donations would assist participants with the cost include the Before and After Child Care, Silver Sneakers, Kids Off Snow Day and many more. The child care assistance helps single parents and others to be able to work and know they children are in a safe place.

“These monies raised annually help assist local people in our community with their membership and/or programs," Jackson YMCA Executive Director Jean Campbell said. "We can’t do it alone. Our mission work (financial assistance) is not covered by our operating income. Donors can be assured that all donations stay at this Y. In addition to one in nine members we assist, one in four kids in our before and after school programs receive assistance. We are a 501(c)3 so all donations are tax-deductible.”

Flory said the need to assist families continues to grow in the area. He said donating to the Y’s annual campaign helps the area as a community.

“The YMCA does so many wonderful things such as swimming lessons, general wellness, fitness and so much more. It’s a great benefit to our community and any amount of donation will help us help others. For those who are not familiar with the YMCA, I invite them to stop by the Jackson YMCA and learn more about the offerings,” Flory said.

To make a donation, or to get more information, call the Paul & Carol David YMCA at 330-830-6275 and ask for Jean Campbell.