Helping Neighbors: YMCA Continues To Provide Services For Those In Need

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 18, 2013

Everyone needs to stay fit – mentally and physically.
The Davie Family YMCA believes in that philosophy – and money raised during its 2013 giving campaign will be used to ensure that everyone can benefit from YMCA services regardless of their ability to pay.
“About one in four of our members is on financial assistance of some kind,” Chris Comer, executive director, said at the campaign launch on Jan. 22. “When you give to the Y, your gift makes an enduring, lasting impact in our community. Donations will provide a safe place for kids to go after school, help adults take control of their health and well-being, provide companionship for seniors facing isolation, and so much more for our community.”
The campaign raises money for the Y’s open doors program to provide financial assistance for those who need it.
According to the latest Census, 12.3 percent of Davie residents live below the poverty level. The Y hopes to raise $115,000 to support scholarships for membership, after school care, summer day camp, and Livestrong, a program for  cancer survivors, as well as other programs.
Recent participants in Livestrong spoke at the dinner meeting, as did Judy Sweger, Davie YMCA board chair, and Fred Voreh, campaign chair.
“We are very close to 50 percent of our goal already, but now …