(September 3, 2020) – Last month, the YMCA of the Chesapeake launched its 2020 Annual Campaign at all eleven of its locations across Delmarva. Funds raised through the Annual Campaign support the organization’s programs and operations and ensure that no one is turned away from due to inability to pay.
    The YMCA has set the ambitious goal of raising $770,000 through this year’s fundraising effort that continues through the end of the year. Donations may be made to support the initiatives of a specific branch or designated towards the YMCA’s greatest need.
    “This is an unprecedented time in our community,” said Robbie Gill, YMCA of the Chesapeake CEO. “Our services are in demand now more than ever as we have shifted resources to meet critical frontline needs created by COVID-19 and continued to provide our traditional programming the best we are able. We are encouraging all of Delmarva to step up this year and participate in our Annual Campaign so we can continue providing the support and opportunities our communities rely on.”

    Over the past year, funds raised through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign have:
    • removed financial barriers for emergency childcare for children of essential workers,
    • conducted wellness checks for seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors,
    • hosted food drives in partnership with the Maryland Food Bank,
    • maintained critical, evidence-based programming supporting cancer survivors, those managing arthritis or at risk of falling and those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease through LiveSTRONG, Enhance Fitness and Rock Steady Boxing Programs,
    • provided oppotunties for kids to learn, grow and thrive through youth sports, swim lessons and afterschool and enrichment programs,
    • provided access and opportunity for every individual living in our community through our Open Doors Program, turning no one away due to the inability to pay,
      and much, much more.
    Individuals are encouraged to donate online by visiting www.ymcachesapeake.org/give/giving.
    About the YMCA of the Chesapeake
    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits and the largest Human Service organization on the Eastern Shore; strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Shore, Ys engage 40,000 members and their families, regardless of age, income or background, to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the Shore’s health and wellbeing, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of the Chesapeake operates facilities in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Talbot, Queen Anne’s and Wicomico Counties in Maryland and on Chincoteague Island in Virginia. Last year, the YMCA of the Chesapeake provided over $1,750,000 in assistance to over 16,000 community members, turning no one away due to inability to pay. Additionally, the Y spent $200,000 on outreach efforts and programming in the communities it serves.  
    PHOTO CAPTION: The YMCA of the Chesapeake kicked-off its 2020 Annual Campaign in August with an overall fundraising goal of $770,000. Contributions may be made to support the initiatives of a specific branch or designated towards the YMCA’s greatest need. The Campaign will run through December. 


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