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May 2019

Dear Friends,

Spring has sprung and the sun has been shining - that can only mean one thing here at the Y: The Y Strong Kids Campaign is in full swing! This exciting time of year marks our largest annual fundraising drive, ensuring we can give thousands of local kids the chance to attend summer camp, play basketball, learn to swim, and the opportunity to participate in many more activities throughout the coming year.

This year's campaign has marked an extra special opportunity for us. We have had a few anonymous philanthropists in our community come together and create a matching program. That means for any new donation or any increase over the amount that you donated during 2018, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Be sure to check out the video in this newsletter to find out more and don't miss your chance to double your positive influence!

As we head into camp season, we are once again reminded how much you - our amazing community, comes together to ensure each and every child in our area recieves the life-changing opportunity to attend Y programs. It is because of your participation in community events, your commitment to making personal contributions, your ability to engage friends, family, and neighbours in the Y, and the hours that you volunteer, that we are able and ready to help families when they need us the most.

It is because of you that their future starts here!

With much admiration and gratitude,

Meighan Hartley
Manager, Annual Giving and Donor Stewardship


Y Story: Chris Valentine

Growing up in Belleville - making it to the NHL was a dream come true. Find out how Chris has taken his talent and turned it into a fun way to give back to his community.


Y Events: YMCA-YWCA Cliffhanger

Take the leap and rappel 16 storeys! Don't miss your chance to see the city like never before while giving kids in our community the chance to experience camp like never before.


Y Thanks:

Celebrating some of the Y's community partners and leaders as they shine the spotlight on Y programs and services through their philanthropic efforts!


YSK: Have your donation matched!

During this year's Y Strong Kids Campaign you can have your donation matched - leveraging your donation to help more kids than it ever has before!


Y Impact: Arielle’s Story

"That's my Y!"
After overcoming many challenges in her young life Arielle has found a place to thrive and embrace her independence at the Y.