YMCA reaches out for help in annual campaign

NORWICH – Having handed out tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving individuals and families over the last year, the Norwich Family YMCA is reaching out to the community for help in return.

Each year, the YMCA’s Open Doors Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals and families to help them pay for a membership. With an average $80,000 in scholarships awarded annually, the program relies heavily on donations of people who want to help the Y continue its mission of developing the body, mind and spirit of individuals, families, and the community.

“For a lot of kids, the Y is like a second home. For younger kids especially, it gives a good start to learning things they’ll carry into high school and for the rest of their lives,” said James Dunne, co-chair of this year’s campaign. “We’re in a time when almost half the kids who go to the Y depend on a scholarship. It’s an important program.”

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