YMCA’s annual campaign a worthy cause

Not everyone can afford a class at the YMCA of Marquette County.

That’s why it’s important for the community to step up and help out, which it has done many times in the past.

The need, though, still continues.

The YMCA has begun its annual campaign, with a goal of $120,000.

It should be stressed that every penny raised goes toward people who need the YMCA in some form but have trouble affording it.

And the Marquette facility as well as the West End facility in Negaunee are not just about working out, although that’s a focus of many members.

Some people take advantage of its many programs and activities, which can be as simple as sitting at a table, reading a magazine, drinking a cup of coffee, and talking with staff and other members.

The YMCA is about healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.

That social responsibility requires the community to help the YMCA fulfill that mission.

Even though David and Thu Brule donated $1 million to the YMCA in October, it can use donations from the community to reach its goal in the capital campaign.

Just look at these statistics from 2019:

≤ A total of 2,868 members received financial assistance, totaling $108,528.

≤ Scholarship recipients represented 27% of its membership.

≤ A total of 574 individuals received program scholarships amounting to $5,505.

≤ Financial assistance went to 263 members for Tot Watch for a $1,600 total.

≤ A total of 306 youths received some form of financial assistance.

With the community’s help, more people can benefit from the YMCA this year.

We urge everyone to help.

For more information on the YMCA, call 906-227-9622 or visit www.ymcamqt.org.