QUINCY -- The Quincy Family YMCA's annual campaign got off to a strong start Saturday.
JoEllen Randall, campaign chairman said the campaign goal is $140,000 and the donations from the YMCA Board and staff has collected about 20 percent of that goal.
"It is about the fund-raising, but it also is about what the money is used for," Randall said.
"Last year more than 3,200 kids and families benefitted, who wouldn't have been able to participate in the sports, swim lessons, camps or just as a family coming together to spend time at the Y."
Brandon Dowdy, CEO of the YMCA of West-Central Illinois, said last year the organization gave more than $100,000 in direct assistance. In addition to helping individuals, the YMCA partnered with the Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex.
"We've got a new program called Rock Steady Boxing for people with Parkinson's Disease," Dowdy said. "We've got about three dozen individuals in that program and it helps stimulate their nervous system."
In addition the Y will host the Safety Around Water swim lessons for youth and Strength for Survivors, which helps cancer patients cope.
The YMCA is celebrating its 165th year in Quincy. The Y is committed to strengthening the foundations of the community through programs focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Funds collected through the annual campaign go directly to local programs and services.
More information is available from Susie Wray at 217-222-9622.