Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18
When it comes to helping others, we are all called to be good stewards of what we’ve been given.
Community Support Campaign: The Need
The Community Support Campaign (formerly called Strong Kids Campaign) gives our community the chance to help secure funding for the Y so we can continue to do all that we do.
Although membership fees cover the cost of maintaining the facilities for members, the Y does so much more than that. The Y is available for kids, families and adults who need us. Funding from our Community Support Campaign helps us continue this important work. We count on the generosity of our members and the community to help us with our mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Why you give...
"Y-CAP is one of the most effective programs for at risk teens that I have seen during my entire career on the bench." -The Honorable Suzanne Bailey, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge.
"The YMCA is a cornerstone of the Chattanooga community. It is a privilege and a blessing to work with passionate staff and volunteers to build upon the work of those who have gone before us. The Community Support Capmaign will allow the light in the eyes of a child to last a lifetime." -J. Patrick Neuhoff, AIA President, Neuhoff Taylor Architects, P.C.
Whether you are giving to the Community Support Campaign, volunteering, or if you are a part of the Y, one thing is for certain: The Y changes lives.
How the Community Support Campaign Impacts Lives
Adults who were given grim news from their doctors: “Take the weight off or you’re going to die.” A YMCA scholarship saved their lives.
"Thanks to the Camp Ocoee scholarship, my son's week at camp was an incredible and freeing experience for both of us."
“Summer Day Camp helped our daughter be more respectful and appreciative of all we do for her."
Young people on drugs and failing in school. The YMCA Y-CAP program helped turn their lives around and gave them a future.
Special needs children for whom child care is simply unavailable in the summer. In YMCA Sunshine Camp, these children had the same camping experience as “normal” children. Their parents could continue working as they learned social skills and self-confidence in mastering camp activities.
Older adults struggling with the pain of chronic diseases such as arthritis. YMCA classes gave them the mobility and pain relief that allows them to continue independent lives.
YMCA afterschool programs gave children, who otherwise would go home to an empty apartment, a safe place to stay along with extra help in academics to help them be successful.
$560 sends one child to YMCA Camp Ocoee for one week where they can enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, horseback riding, hiking and rock climbing- experiences that teach healthy attitudes and cooperation.
$2,000 enables one youth to attend our Y-CAP program for one year, providing a safe place with caring mentors and peace of mind for working parents.
How to Give/Volunteer:
Make a pledge. You can spread your gift over the year.