The programs and services funded by the Community Support Campaign benefit children and families in so many ways. The money raised helps fund teen programs such as Y-CAP, the longest continually running juvenile delinquency prevention program in the state of Tennessee.
Other programs include After School Care, Summer Day Camp, Swim lessons, youth sports and two new programs starting this year: LiveStrong at the YMCA and the Diabetes Prevention Program are also a focus.
Scholarships for memberships are also available for individuals or families who apply and qualify.
“Throughout Cleveland, countless people know the Y. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think,” said Terry Henry, Cleveland Family YMCA Community Support Campaign chair.
“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.”
No one is turned away from a YMCA program or YMCA membership because of an inability to pay.
In 2013, more than $3 million was awarded in direct scholarships and program subsidies. The goal of the Community Support Campaign this year is $518,500, of which the Cleveland Branch hopes to raise $45,000. The branch kicked off at 50 percent of goal.