YMCA launches next phase of support campaign


From Contributed Reports

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Harrison Family YMCA staff recently launched the community phase of the its 2019 annual support campaign to ensure that everyone in the area has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

YMCA staff, Board of Directors members, campaign volunteer storytellers, YMCA members and other local residents attended a kickoff event at the Rocky Mount Mills. YMCA Marketing & Development Director Alyssa Matthews posed a question to the audience to encourage everyone to think about the community and how the YMCA plays a part in it to them.

The question was, “What does a strong community look like to you?” This question translated into an art piece by asking the audience to draw this out visually on a shape. Those shapes were then placed into a collage, thanks to instructor assistance by Imperial Center artists, and is now located in the Imperial Center’s Community Gallery during the month of April and will then be moved to the YMCA. 

“At the Y, we believe all people deserve a chance to reach their full potential, regardless of financial means — but we can’t do it on our own,” Matthews said. “We are all a piece to the puzzle. Donate today and help us piece together the big picture.”

The Harrison Family YMCA hopes to raise $120,000 for the 2019 annual support campaign and so far has raised 75 percent of that goal. One hundred percent of the funds raised are used to provide financial assistance in the form of full and partial scholarships, based on individual need, as well as outreach programs, which are then made available to participants at little or no charge.

You can donate online at harrisonfamilyy.org or grab a pledge card from the front desk at the YMCA on 1000 Independence Drive.

To learn more about how to support the Y’s cause, contact Matthews at marketing@rmymca.org or 252-972-9622.