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Worthington Area YMCA launches Community Strong Kids Campaign

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area YMCA has officially launched its annual Strong Kids community support campaign.

As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, financial gifts to the Y will help the community advance programming and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More importantly, gifts make a direct impact on local residents.

Last year, financial support made it possible for hundreds of kids to have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school; for 500 families to reconnect and grow together because of assistance granted from programming and membership; 25 youths helped through the Y Pals Program; and more than 300 kids participated in the first-ever JC Learn to Swim Program made possible through its own fundraising efforts.

"We all need the Y because our organization works every day to nurture the potential of kids, improve health and well-being and help neighbors support one another," said Andy Johnson, Executive Director/CEO of the Worthington Area YMCA. "With our Strong Kids community support campaign, we want more people to understand that we are more than where to go to exercise or swim -- and that we rely on their financial support to do our vital work."

This year, the Y hopes to raise $52,000. Funds raised will support programming, scholarships, financial aid for youths to participate in Y programs and memberships.

The Y's Strong Kids Community Support Campaign will officially kick off July 30, and volunteers will help make the contacts and secure pledges from businesses and individuals in the community. The campaign is already at 60 percent of the goal from the generous support already.

To learn more about supporting the Y's cause, contact Andy Johnson at 376-6197 or, or visit