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What your Priceless Gift to the YMCA means to a family
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“Ohana” means family. Family means no one is left behind. Our focus for 2011 is our YMCA Ohana (family). We hope to encourage you all to lead a healthier, more fulfilled and faithful life. The programs and services we offer are designed to strengthen your family and in turn strengthen our community. We hope to make this available to everyone through our financial assistance program. No one is turned away from YMCA programs or membership due to their inability to pay. Making our programs and services affordable for those who would not be able to take advantage of what we have to offer is our mission at work.

We will share stories with you of those whose lives have been changed for the better due to YMCA programs and services. These people are already members at the YMCA and want to tell you what their experience means to them. Please meet …

Kelli and Katherine Walsh

My daughter Katherine has been enjoying summer camp and the after school program at the Effingham YMCA since she was in kindergarten. Sadly, in August of 2008, my husband passed away very suddenly and it took a huge toll financially and emotionally on Katherine and me. He left us with a large amount of unexpected debt which left me unable to sleep at night, worrying about how I would pay everything off and take care of Katherine.

The YMCA’s financial assistance helped tremendously. It is comforting to know that I have some place for her to go after school and in the summer and to know that everyone at the YMCA cares about how we are doing.

Kelli Walsh

With your help, we will give her peace of mind. To donate, contact the Effingham YMCA at 826-2199 or donate online through our Web site