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Letter: Help support the Y

The YMCA 2013 Strong Kids and Families Campaign will be conducted in April and I would like to ask for your support.

Our YMCA is the largest youth serving agency, one of the largest providers of child care and the largest provider of preventative wellness in the county. Meanwhile, ours is one of the poorest counties in the state. We’re serving more Franklin County children and families than ever. They rely on the Y for preschool, child care, after-school programs, youth fitness and sports, and a safe place for their teens.

And their financial aid needs have been growing steadily. To respond to this need, we on the campaign team have set a very high goal.

There’s been a lot of difficult news in the paper recently about possible state and federal cut-backs of support for those in need including low-income children and families.

But from this crisis we have the opportunity to make our community stronger. We, as citizens, can become more involved — we can support our leaders in their challenging tasks. We can volunteer to help. And I know that one way to keep our community strong and moving forward in these hard times is to support the YMCA.

Let’s make sure our children have the Y as a refuge. Let’s make sure that our children see their parents and adult role models become part of the solution to our community’s problems.

We know we’ve got to work exceedingly hard to meet this year’s goal. But our experience tells us that while our county may not be wealthy, we are probably one of the most generous — even in difficult times. It’s this fact, along with the immense effort of our dedicated campaigners, which gives us confidence that we can succeed.

Over the next several weeks, one of our volunteer campaigners may call on you for help. Please give generously to this great cause! If you are not contacted, please help by making your contribution directly by spending your check to:

The YMCA Annual Campaign

451 Main St.

Greenfield, MA 01301.

Thank you, Franklin County residents, for helping us help the kids!

NANCEE BERSHOF

Major Gifts Campaign Chair

Greenfield

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