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Guest Commentary / YMCA Support Campaign

Stronger communities, limitless impact

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By Leslie Lauer and Mark Mantei
At the YMCA of Snohomish County, strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with community members to address the most pressing needs in Snohomish County to make sure that everyone -- regardless of age, income, or background -- has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Our work is not easy, but real and lasting changes can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors and the first step to achieving these improvements is having the full support of our community.
In many places, the Y is known as a place to go swimming or work out, but it's much more than that; it's a place that changes lives. For example:
"It is important for me to know that my child is in a safe and caring environment. I know that I can trust the people that take care of him, and he has the opportunity to interact with children his age, get his homework done, and learn values that are important to me as a parent."
-- Child Care parent
Programs like YMCA child care demonstrate the intrinsic value of having the YMCA in Snohomish County, and there are many others who could benefit greatly from the different services and programs offered by the YMCA of Snohomish County. This is why we are launching our annual community support campaign. Your financial gift to the campaign will help continue the important work the Y does, be it providing kids a safe place to learn and grow before or after school; offering families opportunities to reconnect and grow together; or teens with homework support and academic guidance.
We encourage everyone in the community to join our cause. As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community, your gift will help young people achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bods of community.
To learn how you can support the YMCA of Snohomish County's campaign or volunteer at the Y, please contact your local YMCA of Snohomish County family branch or visit

Leslie Lauer is the Chairperson of the YMCA Board of Trustees and Mark Mantei is Chairperson of the Invest in Youth Campaign.

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