Chester families to benefit as the Y strengthens the community

Nicole Jordan, campaign chair of the Chester Family YMCA’s Strengthening Communities Fund, is excited to lead the effort to raise $165,000 to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility right here in Chester.

“This is the second year that I have volunteered to chair the Y’s fundraising campaign. I do it because I know how the Y provides invaluable services to a wide range of people in the community. At the Y, children, teens, older adults, families, single parents – everyone has the opportunity to discover their potential and to experience community,” said  Jordan. 

Financial assistance is offered to anyone who cannot afford Y membership and programs. “We count on your generosity to make this possible. Please remember this when you are asked to give. Your support helps to meet our community’s needs,” she said.

Jordan’s colleagues Sean Eichert, Nancy Briggs and Bob Sherrill have also stepped up to play leadership roles in the Strengthening Communities Fund. All are members of the Chester Family YMCA’s Board of Management are committed to helping individuals and the community through the Y.  

In 2010, nearly 400 individuals, families and businesses donated more than $167,000 to the Y’s annual support campaign. This investment meets vital community needs.
Need:  At three schools in our community, more than 45% of children qualify for the federal free and reduced-fee lunch program. Families who struggle with limited means rarely have funds to pay for after-school child care. Yet this is the time when unsupervised children are most in danger.

Solution:  Your gift to the Y’s 2011 Strengthening Communities Fund provides a safe after-school haven for 57 children who develop self-confidence, learn core values and improve social and academic skills.

Need:  Reflecting alarming trends in public health, chronic diseases and health issues negatively impact quality of life and are a financial strain on personal and community resources.

Solution: Your gift promotes healthy living. In 2010, more than 6,000 individuals developed a healthy spirit, mind and body at the YMCA thanks to financial assistance. Through Y activities, individuals grow healthy and strong. In addition, families forge strong ties through youth sports, swim programs, Family Nights and more.

Please consider a gift to the 2011 Strengthening Communities Fund to keep your Y open to all. Donate on-line at www.chesterymca.org/donatenow or mail your gift to Chester

Family YMCA, 3011 W. Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23831.

For more information, contact Theresa Johnson, regional director for development at (804) 748-9622.

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