SARATOGA SPRINGS April 5, 2021 – The Saratoga Regional YMCA officially launched its Annual Campaign to ensure that everyone in our community has access to vital community programs and resources.
When their doors closed back in March 2020, the Y pivoted and began providing critical food and hygiene supplies to many struggling individuals and families in need. They offered child care and camp for families that were working and in need of care in the heart of the pandemic. The Y stayed connected to their senior members through phone calls and emails to help prevent social isolation, and found creative ways for their community members to stay healthy during the pandemic by providing outdoor and virtual fitness options until they reopened our doors in September.
“Facilities are now open, so people of all ages can focus on their health and wellbeing and fight back against isolation” says Scott Clark, Chief Executive Officer. “Swim lessons and youth sports are beginning again to provide a needed outlet for children. Seniors are once again finding their home at the Y. We continue to partner with school districts, to redesign programming to best meet the community’s school age child care needs. The YMCA is providing critical programs and services to help people become healthier in spirit, mind, and body”.
He continues, “but, even with the reopening of our facilities, our Y is currently facing once-in-a-century financial challenges. Since closing our branches in mid-March, the Y has lost over $1.5 million in revenue and suffered a 35% reduction in membership, thus threatening our ability to serve those who need us most. Philanthropic support is needed now, more than ever, in order to continue to meet those needs for another 150 years”.
Support of the 2021 Annual Campaign not only helps the YMCA continue funding their critical
community work now, it helps preserve our organization for the future. This year, the Saratoga Regional YMCA hopes to raise $250,000. The Annual Campaign provides life-changing experiences and makes our whole community stronger through YMCA child care, summer camp, aquatics, sports, wellness and many other vital programs and services, assuring that no one is turned away due to lack of funds. To learn more about how you can support the Y’s mission, please contact Allison D’Antonio, Strategy and Development Director at 518-583-9622 x104 or email@example.com, or visit www.srymca.org/donate for more information.