Organization sets fundraising goal at $180,000

Staff Report

The Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA kicked off its annual campaign on Feb. 3 and the organization has set its goal of $180,000. Jeff Sgobba, Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA board member, has been selected as the campaign chair to ensure the fundraising goal is met. Every dollar raised in the annual campaign is applied to placing kids and families in need into YMCA programs including the full-day child care and outdoor fitness programming for all ages. 

“For over 30 years, the Y has been helping to support the greater Santa Ynez Valley community,” Sgobba said. “This year, more than ever we need the help and support of the community to ensure that we can continue to provide the critical programs and services. Without such support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do for our friends and neighbors in need.” 

This year’s campaign started with the Annual Campaign Kickoff being held virtually. Annually the YMCA provided more than $180,000 in financial assistance and program subsidy to families and individuals for membership or programs such as child care, camp, sports and after-school programs. 

“During this crisis our community over the last year has faced unprecedented challenges,” said Executive Director Tommy Speidel. “We’re proud of the critical resources we’ve provided to the greater valley community. This was a year that the Y needed to live our mission and values in a huge way, and I feel like we have done just that. 

“As the demand for services increases this year, it’s critical that we continue to help close the financial gap for those that need it most.” 

Donations to the YMCA can be made at the Stuart C Gildred Family YMCA, 900 N Refugio Road or by calling 805-686-2037. For more information on the annual campaign, visit