Strong Kids helps families overcome barriers to Y membership

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At the Y with Stacey Coombs

In a world where it is often hard to get ahead, sometimes it is nice to get a helping hand.

The Strong Kids Campaign is aimed at raising funds to help provide children, teens, and families with the financial support needed to participate in quality programming.

The Strong Kids Campaign is a monthlong fundraiser that begins Feb. 15 every year. The funds raised contribute to YMCA programs such as swim lessons, leadership opportunities, recreational programs, and quality childcare. These programs promote the development of values such as caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty.

All proceeds raised by the Strong Kids Campaign go toward our financial assistance program, which subsidizes the cost of programming and services for underprivileged kids, teens, and families. Financial barriers should not prevent children, youth, and families from experiencing quality programming that develops a healthy mind, spirit, and body.

Every year, the YMCA hosts a variety of events to help raise funds for the cause. This year, the 6th annual “Strong Kids Ball Hockey Tournament” will be taking place on Wednesday, March 12 at the tennis courts on Church Street.

Participants can pick up their registration form at the YMCA. Friends, parents, and hockey enthusiasts are invited to come and watch this friendly competition as teams vie for the prestigious Strong Kids Cup! Fundraising efforts also include generous donations from staff, our members, and our community.

Sometimes it takes courage to ask for help. We are here to listen and to give you as much assistance as you need. Children deserve the chance to learn how to swim, dance, and play with their friends. The YMCA believes that all children deserve a chance to realize their full potential. Strong communities are built on our children; so let’s invest in them.


Stacey Coombs is a membership services representative at the YMCA Association of Cumberland. At the Y appears bi-weekly in The Amherst News.


Organizations: YMCA, The Amherst News

Geographic location: Church Street

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