Yearly YMCA campaign to go virtual this year

The Knox County YMCA is holding a virtual kick-off on Wednesday, February 24th, to its annual campaign. Being a non-profit, the Y relies on membership dues and donations to offer new and existing services – including services with families that are unable to afford a YMCA membership. COO Kelly Corbin says 100% of the money donated goes towards people in need. “Your money goes directly to that cause – (families) that want to get better and get well and whose children want to learn to play soccer or learn to swim,” Corbin said. “Our goal this year is $120,000. It’s grown quite a bit over the years. We usually give away over $400,000 in scholarships and subsidies each year. It definitely helps offset that a little bit and help us work our mission.” The annual campaign typically involves a dinner where guests hear YMCA success stories, but this year, it’s a virtual kick-off. The campaign also involves different levels of giving – where you can receive recognition for your contribution via banner either online or at the Y’s Wellness Center or soccer field. Donations can be made in person, online, or by mail. If you’d like to be included in the virtual campaign kick-off, you can get more information at the YMCA, or visit the Knox County YMCA website.