Elijah Daughtridge Jr. raised the largest amount of gifts to the Harrison Family YMCA's 2014 Annual Campaign.

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Elijah Daughtridge Jr. raised the largest amount of gifts to the Harrison Family YMCA's 2014 Annual Campaign.

Annual campaign boosts YMCA

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The Harrison Family YMCA launched its annual campaign April 22 to ensure that everyone in the Rocky Mount area has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The annual campaign is a yearly, continuous effort to educate the community on this cause and to help the YMCA deliver programs that it otherwise could not financially support. This year was a time for the YMCA to recharge the campaign so that everyone can understand the impact it can make, before anything else. YMCA officials extend a special thanks to 2014 Annual Campaign Chairwoman Elizabeth Lord for her leadership in making this happen.

Every day, the Harrison Family YMCA works to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues, such as school readiness, summer learning, chronic diseases and providing a safe place for all.

“Throughout Rocky Mount, 
countless people know the Y. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think, said Harrison Family YMCA Alyssa Matthews, marketing & development director. “The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause. As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the community’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors.”

The community phase of the campaign ended on May 29 with a Victory Celebration. This year, the Harrison Family YMCA raised 36 percent of the 2014 Annual Campaign goal and was more than pleased with the positive feedback from the community, members and volunteers. Without the volunteers involved in this process, the Y would not be able to raise the money it did. Elijah Daughtridge Jr. was heavily devoted to the campaign and raised more than 30 percent of the total amount of gifts. The Y gives a big thank you to Daughtridge for his dedication, hard work and support of the campaign.

Charitable gifts from YMCA donors make it possible for children to have the opportunity to learn the life-saving skill of swimming, a child to go to summer camp filled with enriching, healthy activities and role models, a senior to connect with new friends and improve their health and so much more. People can still donate to the 2014 Annual Campaign until the end of June. Easily give online at www.harrisonfamilyy.org/get-involved or simply come to the YMCA and fill out a pledge form.

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