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YMCA: Building a Strong Whitley County

I am exceedingly proud of Whitley County's YMCA. We have a great facility, JoEllen Rush, YMCA Board of Directorsa variety of programs for a wide range of people, a dedicated director, and a very caring staff. What really brings the greatest pride to me as a board member, however, is how we are committed to making quality programs and facilities available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

Through our yearly YMCA Partner with Youth Campaign, the "Ys" in the Greater Fort Wayne Area ensure that scholarships for individuals and families who want and need YMCA programs, but who have fallen on hard times, can still participate in Y programming. We strive to continue providing life-changing opportunties to children and adults that build self-control, promote health and develop positive values. Whether it is childcare, water safety, before and after school care, youth sports, day camps or summer camps, our YMCAs want to continue to build strong kids and families, and therefore, a strong community.

The 2008 Partner with Youth goal for our local YMCA is $25,000. During February and March the board and staff will be personally pledging their financial support. They will also be approaching the community for support and donations to help us reach this goal. All proceeds stay right here in Whitley County and contributions are tax deductible.

The YMCA wants to continue its legacy of service to those that live and work in Whitley County. Your charitable gifts will make this possible. We are most grateful for the support given in past years, and we hope for your continued generosity.

"It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live." - Ethel Percy Andrus

JoEllen Rush, Chairman of Whitley County's Partner with Youth Campaign

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