Northwest NEWS

February 19, 2001

Local News

Northshore YMCA kicks off Partners With Youth campaign

A record crowd of 140 YMCA supporters gathered on Feb. 6 at the Northshore Senior Center to kick off the annual Northshore YMCA Partners With Youth campaign.
   This volunteer-led campaign will utilize 193 Northshore community members, including 30 teens from Bellevue Community College, Woodinville, Inglemoor, Bothell and Mountlake Terrace high schools and Skyview, Leota and Timbercrest junior highs.
   Corporate teams include Eddie Bauer, NEPCO, and members of the Northshore School District.
   Each volunteer will make personal contact with residents and businesses in Bothell, Woodinville, Duvall, Kenmore and Juanita to educate them about how the YMCA builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities and to seek contributions to reach the 2001 campaign goal of $183,000.
   According to Campaign Chair Jan Runkel, the funds raised through Partners With Youth are an excellent investment in the community.
   Runkel continued, "The YMCA returns 93 cents on every dollar received to programs which benefit Northshore children, teens and their families. Donors can be assured the YMCA is a strong organization which spends funds wisely."
   In 2000, $163,000 was returned to the community through financial assistance to low income families and child care, swim lessons, youth sports and family enrichment programs.
   In addition to providing program scholarships, local Partners With Youth contributions are matched by the YMCA of Greater Seattle to support a full-time director of youth development.