Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999


Guest Editorial

YMCA begins 'Partners with Youth Campaign'

A letter from the Greater Seattle YMCA to Northshore residents

   You are already aware that in the Greater Seattle area, the YMCA does things like provide swimming lessons and childcare. You may even know it can furnish a safe place for a homeless teen. But the organization does this and so much more for some 150,000 women, men, boys, and girls, and offers so much to so many, that it can be hard to explain its real value to the community.

   That's why during the month of February, more than 1,300 of your friends, neighbors, and business associates are volunteering their time to tell the YMCA story to 15,000 people in the Greater Seattle Area.

   It's called the "Partners With Youth Campaign," and it is one of the region's largest adult leadership efforts. In addition to raising awareness, campaign volunteers are asking for pledges to support the heart and soul of the YMCA--its work with children, families, and teens.

   The Northshore YMCA goal is $126,000 to fund financial assistance for child care, teen leadership development programs, youth sports, camp experiences, and other positive programs which build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

   Walt Yeager, of GTE Communications, agreed to chair the Northshore campaign this year for a simple reason. "I have talked to children, teens, and parents who have benefited form YMCA services. I know that Partners With Youth funds help point kids in the right direction and gives them a lift back up when they need it," he said.

   If you would like to know more about your YMCA, call Rita Swenor at the Northshore YMCA, 425-485-9797, for more information.