Our Cause Defines Us
Today, the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA instills the same values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in its members as it did 131 years ago. Your membership support of the YMCA insures that these values continue to touch all of our members for the next hundred years.
As members of the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA, many of us have our own piece in the Y story. Whether we work out at the YMCA every day, or we grew up participating in YMCA programs as kids, we know how much this organization offers to our community.
The Buckeye Valley Family YMCA continually reaches out to the children, families, and seniors of our community with a wide array of character building programs. We are much more than a fitness facility-we are a community-based, social service organization. The Y offers infant, toddler & preschool care, after-school activities for kids, a teen program, older active adult programming, a senior walking program and warm-water arthritis classes.
For many of the individuals participating in these programs, the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA offers financial aid scholarships. Without the help of financial aid, many people could not afford to take part in our programs. Every year we hold an annual campaign in order to help cover the cost of these scholarships and youth programs. In other words, every contribution to the campaign allows someone, who could otherwise not afford to, take advantage of all that the YMCA has to offer.
Many people mistakenly believe that their membership fees support all of the programs at the YMCA, and, therefore, they do not give any other support. However, membership fees only cover the cost of operating our facilities and programs. The cost of operating many of our social service programs and the scholarships we award are not completely covered by fees. It is only through the generosity of the people who believe that these programs are important to the quality of life in our community that these efforts are possible. We could not keep building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities without your support.
Volunteerism is the backbone of the YMCA. Without selfless volunteers, many activities and services could not take place. Volunteers serve on committees, task forces and the Board of Directors; volunteering at all levels including programming, supervision, and clerical areas.
Friends of YMCA
Each year the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA provides financial assistance to over 850 individuals including 575 children who would otherwise not be able to afford the YMCA experience. Our YMCA also provides over 3,000 children the opportunity to go to camp and participate in youth sport activities. United Way contributions account for only a small portion of the monies needed each year for these individuals. Without contributions from people like you, we are unable to provide these services. For more information on how you can become a Friend of the Y, contact the Associate Executive Director.
Building the Future: Brick by Brick
The Brick by Brick program is a unique opportunity for members to become a part of the rich history of the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA. Your brick can memorialize a family member, recognize your service club or give a lasting birthday, retirement, or anniversary gift. With the purchase of a brick, you help build the future of our YMCA. Each brick costs $100. Over 90% of the funds raised directly benefit YMCA capital projects.
In the foyer of our main entrance is our Donor Tree. This Donor Tree represents individuals and corporations who have been generous supporters of the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA. This giving club acknowledges those individuals and groups who have a record of cumulative giving over several years. Donor contributions are recognized by gold, silver or bronze leaves. Donations to the Friends of the Y campaigns, capital campaign gifts and endowment fund gifts are all included. For more information on joining our Donor Tree, contact the Buckeye Valley Family YMCA Executive Director.
YMCA Heritage Club members make a planned gift or a one time gift to the YMCA's Endowment Fund. Earnings from gifts to this fund benefit current programming, while the principal supports future needs. Endowment income is the key to a bright tomorrow.