80 percent of goal met

YMCA-YWCA Annual Campaign funds programs, services

Jass -Rimirez

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA’s efforts to raise $137,000 for this year’s Annual Campaign is 80 percent complete, with $28,000 still needed.

Over 230 businesses, foundations and individuals have contributed to this annual giving campaign, which helps make the Y’s programs and services available to more folks in the area.

“We have several programs here we offer free of charge, but we must pay for the overhead — cost of equipment, paying instructors, pool maintenance, etc,” said Kim Jass-Ramirez, the Y’s financial development director.

Those programs include Teach Them to Swim, which teaches water safety to Lenihan students, and LIVESTRONG, available to adult cancer survivors. In addition, the fundraising efforts also go to help cover the costs of offering free youth membership to youngsters who could not otherwise afford to use the Y.

“The Y works with the Marshalltown Community School District to identify children in need, and they are recommended for youth memberships to the Y,” said Ronnie Manis, who is principal of Anson Elementary School, and co-chairs the campaign along with Samantha Vance.

The Annual Campaign supplements money received through grants. A total of 2,700 people were impacted through the 2016 Annual Campaign.

“Last year, we raised over $130,000, so we try to increase this by 5 percent each year,” she said. “We based this [dollar] amount on the needs of the community and what people are requesting help with paying for.”

No donation is too small. For example, $42 covers the cost of providing swim lessons for one child. A sum of $1,000 provides a family with year-long Y membership.

While the Y is still short on reaching its goal, Jass-Ramirez said the organization expects to see more funds come in the near future.

“We are also trying to get new donors, and we know some people are yet to get all their donations in for the end of the year. Also, our campaign runs until February 2018 — it started in October,” Jass-Ramirez said.

Donations to the Y can be made at: www.ymca-ywca.org/give or in person. For more information, contact Jass-Ramirez at: 641-752-8658 or kim.jass-ramirez@ymca-ywca.org

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA, a non-profit organization, is aimed at developing leaders, strengthening families, providing a safe place for children, and cultivating social responsibility.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com