YMCA kicks off 2009 campaign

NORWICH – The YMCA is a charitable organization, and the staff hopes community members will contribute to the Y during this year’s annual Reach Out To Your Community Campaign.

The YMCA’s annual support campaign is officially running now, and YMCA Executive Director James Mullen explained that while many do not realize it, the YMCA is a not-for-profit organization that provides a value to the community.

“The YMCA wears two hats,” Mullen said. He explained that one is the membership side of the organization, which provides programs and services to members. However, Mullen explained, that is only one part of what the YMCA does.

The YMCA also plays an active role in the community. “The YMCA is a true reflection of the community. In this location, and the existence of those who use the Y, is the true makeup of the community at large,” Mullen said. YMCA members range from the poorest to the wealthiest, from 6 weeks old to 96 years old, and all ranges of fitness levels, races, religions and demographics. “Who else can offer such a diverse make up?” Mullen said.

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