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The Christian County YMCA launched its annual campaign this week to ensure that everyone in Christian County has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Every day, the Christian County YMCA serves as a gathering place for the community.  Kids pour in after school to play, do homework and participate in programs.  Seniors meet for water exercise, walking and to connect with one another.  Adults and families use the facility for recreation and exercise.  To ensure that the Y can continue to provide Christian County residents with life enhancing services, the Christian County YMCA has launched its 31st Annual Strong Kids Sustaining Drive with a goal of raising $40,000.

Executive Director Chris Weittenhiller said the Y is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and providing support to the local community.

The Christian County YMCA has a policy stating they will not deny services to anyone based on an inability to pay.  In 2015 the YMCA provided more than $94,000 in in financial assistance to those who cannot afford to pay for YMCA membership, programs or services, positively impacting 621 individuals in Christian County.  The Financial Assistance program is funded by this Sustaining Drive, generous support from the United Way of Christian County and the YMCA Golf Outing which is scheduled for June 10th at Lake Shore Golf Course.

The 2016 campaign has been organized and lead by Sustaining Drive Chairpersons Wayne and Judy Swigert who started the planning process with YMCA staff on March 31st.  Collectively they were able to recruit 8 team captains, who each formed a team of campaign volunteers.  In total, over 50 volunteers will be helping the YMCA raise funds over the next month to ensure everyone has access to the YMCA.

For more information on the Y's Sustaining Drive, contact Weittenhiller at 287-7271.

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