The YMCA builds strong kids, strong families and a strong community. Please support the Annual Scholarship Campaign or the Capital Campaign.
Annual Scholarship Campaign
Contributions to the Annual Campaign provide scholarships and make programs and services accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Please help us raise $5,000 to complete this $24,000 annual campaign. Please see below fore additional details.
Scholarships are currently being provided to 81 families (total of 197 children in these families). In 2012, Annual Campaign funds have enabled 21 children to attend summer camps, 5 high school students to participate in Youth in Government, 16 youth to participate in the boxing program and 32 people to participate in the Pura Vida Healthy Lifestyle program.
Within the past eight years, the YMCA has grown from being a mere idea to a complete reality. On November 5, 2013, hundreds of Y community volunteers celebrated groundbreaking for a new facility which will be located behind Target. To learn more about the project, visit our website at http://northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign. To designate a gift for the project as part of GiveMN, visit: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Northfield-Ymca-Capital-Campaign-Help-Us-Raise-The-Roof or visit our website and press "Give" on the top left sidebar.
Annual Scholarship Campaign (additional details)
The main reasons community members ask for scholarships: unemployment, low income, medical debt, student loans, bankruptcy, home foreclosure, failed businesses, single parenthood, and health issues. The following are some examples of YMCA scholarship requests from 2012:
"My spouse has a seasonal job and I just lost my job. Our kids are in Y programs. They love the programs and want to continue participating in them."
"I am in the process of getting a divorce and just had major surgery. A YMCA membership will help my child experience a healthy, balanced lifestyle and I want to become healthy too."
"My son is severely autistic. I am hoping he can attend Y summer camp. It will provide good interaction with others."
"I have been unemployed since September 2009 and want to have a healthy lifestyle and lose weight."
"As a single parent, I would like my kids to have the chance to be in a stable program that will help develop their communication skills."
The Northfield Area Family YMCA is in its seventh year of programming, marking an exciting yet critical time in its development. Participation in our camps and programs continues to grow, the Health and Wellness Center celebrates its fifth year anniversary and a new community center is set to open in August 2014.
*1,957 kids and adults participated in Y programs (just for the first three quarters!)
*795 members (includes those that may have joined but dropped out this year)
*347 youth participated in Y sport programs (designed for kids of all ages, levels and skill abilities)
*211 youth participated in summer Y camps
*220 youth participated in the Y Kids Tri
*140 preschoolers (and 12 child care providers) participated in winter physical fitness in partnership with Rice County Public Health and the Licensed Day Care Association
*105 dads and daughters attended the Daddy Daughter Dance
*108 youth will participate in Youth in Government