YMCA Reaches Youth Campaign Goal for Six Years Straight

June 30, 2011

Community Responds to Neighbors’ Needs

NEW CASTLE, Pa., June 30, 2011 – “It’s an exciting time at the New Castle Community YMCA,” said Board President and “Changing Lives” Youth Campaign chairman John Cournan. “We are pleased to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, we have exceeded our “Changing Lives” Youth Campaign goal, raising $253,017” he said.  The campaign goal was $250,000.

The YMCA counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program. Over 300 donors responded to our campaign call, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1,000 youth, adults and families in 2011-2012.

Our mission is simple, “To put Christian principles into practice by providing youth, adult and family programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

New Castle Community YMCA CEO, Bill Lutz said, “Our neighbors, because of lost jobs, serious medical issues or special family situations, find themselves in need of what the Y can offer.  The Y responds to our community’s critical needs by providing support to families in crisis.  Most often, our youth are referred to us by school teachers, counselors and principals, but anyone can apply for financial assistance.”

According to Director of Membership Dorice Shover, “17 percent of the Y’s 6,200 members receive some type of financial assistance.” The Y continues to be one of the most ethnically diverse organizations in Lawrence County serving all age groups from infants through senior citizens.  We are proud to be a leader in strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The Y is grateful for the volunteers who helped support the campaign. Our volunteer board of directors set the pace in this year’s campaign by contributing $81,000. The campaign’s leadership team was comprised of Cournan, Louis Merryman, Steve Caldararo and Lynn Nichols. Lutz and other board and staff members served as campaign volunteers.

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.