In January, Subways across York County raised a total of $1,072 in donations for the Sanford-Springvale YMCA.
On March 1, Maryna Shuliakouskaya, Maine Subway’s marketing director, presented the local YMCA with a check for $1,072.16.
“It was a great experience working with the Y. It feels good to support our local community and people,” Shuliakouskaya said.
All funds raised will support the Y’s scholarship program to ensure that no child, family, or adult is turned away from the wellness center.
“The Y appreciates this partnership and Subway’s support for our cause of strengthening community,” said Andy Orazio, the CEO of the local YMCA.
Jen Turnbull manages the Subway in Springvale Subway; her store alone collected more than $450. She credited the fundraising campaign’s success to customers’ willingness to invest in their community.
“People are more motivated to give when they know where their money is going, and that it’s going local, not ‘who knows where’,” said Turnbull.
For Turnbull’s family, the Y has its own special significance.
“My daughter attends the Y’s summer camp and loves it. There’s not a counselor she doesn’t like,” she added.
Last year, the Sanford-Springvale YMCA gave out $182,000 in scholarships to make important services like membership, child care, summer camp, and programs available to all regardless of financial status. In 2016, more than 515 children, seniors and families received YMCA scholarships that enabled them to join the Y community.
“This is a great thing, but it also means there is great need,” said John Roux, of the YMCA’s board of directors.
The Sanford-Springvale YMCA is currently in the midst of its Annual Giving Campaign to raise funds for the Y’s scholarship program. Want to join the movement and make a difference? Give today.
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