Fund development coordinator Sharon Hollowell fills a new role. The director says, “Sharon’s responsibilities will include strengthening our Y’s long-term financial strength and program viability through the awareness and growth of our YMCA Endowment Fund.” She previously served for 10 years as the Decatur County Community Foundation executive director.
Johnson reflects, “Even in our challenging financial times, the community continues to voice their confidence about our impact through their generous contributions” to the annual support drive, called the Strong Kids Campaign. According to the SIY 2012 Annual Report, 21 volunteers raised over $139,000. “We were able to provide more than 452 scholarship opportunities totaling $72,088 for children and families in our community through membership and 34 children received $49,997 in assistance for child care due to financial hardship .... Our record-breaking year allows us to keep our program and membership opportunities affordable and accessible for all.”
This month the annual campaign kicks off again with the theme “The Y. So much more.” The director explains, “So often people think of us as a ‘gym and swim.’ We truly are so much more and we want our community to know we are a cause worth investing in. As a charity, we are dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the community’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors. We hope our community will join us in our mission to strengthen our community by giving generously to our campaign so we can continue our services and programs to those in Ripley and Franklin counties.”
Persons may donate by going to the Web site www.siymca.org and clicking on Give on the left side of the home page. Tax-deductible checks made payable to YMCA Annual Campaign may be dropped off or mailed to SIY, 30 State Road 129 S., Batesville, IN 47006.