BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison YMCA is nearing its goal of $30,000 to help underprivileged families have access to the facility’s programs.
According to YMCA executive director Ryan Wilson, the campaign is currently at $26,200 and needs to hit the goal before the campaign wraps up in September.
“We’re just on the back end of everything. We’ve got some past donors that we’re trying to track down, but we’d certainly love to have some new donors come in and help us smash this goal.”
Wilson said he’s confident the campaign will meet the goals.
The funds are used to provide financial assistance for memberships to families and individuals that apply and qualify. Wilson said last year that took about $42,000. So this year the YMCA set the goal at $30,000. He said the United Way of the Great River Region gave the YMCA $10,000 and the YMCA funds help bridge any gaps in need for the community.
“If we didn’t provide financial assistance and all those people on assistance paid full, we’d make about $42,000 more each year,” he said. “That’s a big deal, especially when you look at the percentages and numbers of kids on free and reduced lunches in our community.”
The campaign kicked off June 1.
Wilson said campaign contributions over $500 get a banner that hangs in the hallway as people enter with the donor’s name on it.
“We did get a few new donors this year and that’s always when you’re able to find new monies.”
Wilson said the campaign specifically funds the assistance program and does not go into programming or equipment or other YMCA expenses.
Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the YMCA can obtain more information by calling the Fort Madison YMCA at 372-2403 during regular business hours.