YMCA to host virtual ‘Day of Giving’ Saturday

November 19, 2021 | 12:06 am

Updated November 18, 2021 | 9:23 pm

John Alexander | File photo by Ryan Richardson

The Owensboro Family YMCA will host a virtual Day of Giving on Saturday. Proceeds from the event will allow the organization to offer scholarships for individuals and families in need.

President and CEO John Alexander said the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the facility’s memberships and fundraising efforts. He said the Day of Giving plays a pivotal role in separating the YMCA from similar services by providing a helping hand to those in need. 

“Now is the time for the Owensboro Family YMCA to attract new members, financial supporters, and community partners,” Alexander said. “With big goals and a strong mission, we need your help to survive the financial hardships the pandemic has brought to our Y.”

Alexander emphasized that the YMCA is more than a gymnasium and has lent various services to the community for many years. 

“Many think of us as only a gym, but more importantly we are a family — a family with deep roots in the community,” he said. “The Y offers equitable access for all who seek a healthy lifestyle. We are calling on those who have been positively impacted through the years to give back and join in our Day of Giving.”

The YMCA has been a staple in the Owensboro community for 126 years, providing critical services and improving health and wellness. Community members can contribute to the campaign by donating online here or mailing a check to 900 Kentucky Parkway, Owensboro, KY 42301. 

While navigating through the pandemic, the YMCA stepped up to the plate by offering child care to emergency and essential workers. Additionally, they assisted the Salvation Army with distributing food to those in need and partnered with Senior Center and Meals on Wheels to accommodate their growing needs.

“It took some courage on the part of our staff to provide the services during a time of uncertainty,” Alexander said. “We found that there were many people that needed child care because of closures. The Senior Center was struggling to connect with those people, so we made contacts on their behalf to help relieve their staff.”

Director of Operations Kristi Harrison can provide information via phone at 270-663-8203 or by email at [email protected].

November 19, 2021 | 12:06 am

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