As the pace of our lives moves faster and faster and the demands on our time increase, the ties to our community become even more important. A strong community provides us with a stable base that helps us deal with the pressures of daily life.
At the Family Y, strengthening community is our cause, and in the CSRA, the Family Y of Greater Augusta provides an anchor to our community that gives all of us – regardless of age, income or background – the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
At the Family Y, strengthening community means much more than providing a place to swim laps or lift weights, and while physical health is incredibly important to a person’s well-being, the Y does so much more. Every day, we work side-by-side with community members to address the most pressing needs in Augusta.
As the largest child-care provider in our area, the Family Y provides daily all-day and after-school care for nearly 2,000 infants through middle-school children. Of those families who trust the Family Y to provide safe, loving care for their children, more than 70 percent of them depend on the financial assistance provided to be able to afford the care. Financial assistance is available for all Family Y programs based on household income.
Programs such as Family Y child care demonstrate the intrinsic value of having a Y in Augusta, and there are many others who could benefit greatly from the different services and programs offered by the Family Y. Because of this need, the Family Y has launched its annual community support campaign.
Your financial gift will help continue the important work the Family Y does, be it providing kids a safe place to learn and grow after school; offering families opportunities to reconnect and grow together; or providing people of all backgrounds access to education and training to help them reach their full potential.
We encourage everyone in the community to join our cause. When we all pitch in and help our neighbors, we make a meaningful, enduring impact in the lives of children and families and, ultimately, strengthen our community.
To learn how you can support the Family Y’s campaign or volunteer at the Y, please contact Robin Callicott at (706) 922-9663.
(The writer is chairwoman of the Metro Community Support Campaign for the Family Y of Greater Augusta.)