River Valley Regional YMCA launches annual campaign

WILLIAMSPORT — The River Valley Regional YMCA, a local non-profit comprised of five branches in our area recently kicked off their 2019 Annual Campaign. Along with raising funds, the campaign is also meant to raise awareness of the work the Y does to address pressing social issues within our communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y believes that everyone deserves the same opportunities, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

For 2019, the RVR YMCA has set a total goal of $156,000 with individual goals set for each branch. The campaign kicked off at the beginning of March and will run for about six weeks. Proceeds from the Annual Campaign will be used to help provide scholarships for Y programs and services, fund our Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Program, and help support our children and active older adults.

The largest areas where the Y gives back are through our youth programs, senior programs and chronic disease prevention and management initiatives. In 2018 the River Valley Regional YMCA provided more than $614,038 in programs and outreach throughout Lycoming, Tioga and Bradford Counties. These funds helped provide Preschool and School Age Childcare, Teen Programs, our Healthy Senior Program and our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and Joint Replacement Programs.

“Many people have heard of the Y or even worked out at the Y, without actually knowing all that the Y really is,” explained Jessica Probst, development director at the River Valley Regional YMCA. “We are a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving all in our community; every child, teen, adult, family, or senior who may need us.”

Our five branches in Williamsport, Muncy, Jersey Shore, Mansfield, and Towanda offer programs for all ages and abilities. We have preschool childcare programs, before and after school care, summer day camp and teen programs for our youth. We give parents the time to get healthy while their children are cared for in our child watch or youth movement programs and we offer healthy senior programs for active older adults. The River Valley Regional YMCA also partners with other civic minded organizations like churches, hospitals and our local school districts to create better and healthier communities.

Those interested in donating to the River Valley Regional YMCA or any of our branches in Muncy, Jersey Shore, Mansfield, Towanda or Williamsport can visit www.rvrymca.org.