The generosity of our Washington County community never ceases to amaze me—and it is that generosity that allows Youth First Programming to make a positive impact on the youth of Washington County.
Recently, The Washington County Family YMCA was contacted by Blue River Wood Products who had the desire to make a charitable donation to Youth First Programming. Their B Shift had been challenged to choose a cause that they wanted to support by personally donating, and Youth First was it. I was so moved that they thought of us! It had been almost a year since Youth First had spoken to their business about our programming when they sponsored our 2013 Trivia Night, and I was very touched that they were still thinking about the impact that we make on youth in our community.
Their office manager asked if I would be able to stop by to receive the donation during their staff meeting. Happy to come and meet the kind donors, I made my way down Highway 56 anticipating to receive a hundred dollars or so to benefit our youth. Upon arrival, I was SHOCKED to learn that the B Shift had donated $1,000.00 for the Youth First Fund! With that we could offer a month of Jr. ROCKs—a character building program for elementary students, or 7 Youth First Cafés—a lunch and learn opportunity for professionals and volunteers working with youth. We could offer three weeks of ROCKs—an after school program building positive decisions and life skills—to our Middle School Students in all three County schools. We could do SO MUCH MORE, simply because of the generosity of Blue River Wood Products’ B Shift.
The impact of their donation did not stop there—by allowing their donation to support the First Youth First Endowment Fund at the Washington County Community Foundation, the $1,000.00 donation was matched fifty cents on the dollar by a matching grant offered by the Lilly Foundation. Their $1,000.00 now will be $1,500.00 to benefit youth development with Youth First Programming at the Y!
A BIG thank you goes out to all of the B Shift members who were a part of supporting youth development in Washington County. The Washington County Family YMCA and Youth First are very grateful for your generosity!
If you, your business, organization, family, or someone you know are interested in continuing the momentum of this generosity, please contact the Washington County Family YMCA to learn more about how you can be a part of our youth development movement! The Lilly Foundation will be matching up to $250,000.00 dollars from now until March 2016, or until the funds are granted—please help us raise funds for our First Youth First Endowment Fund so that we can continue making an impact for many years to come.