Staff Report

The Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA is ready to begin its Annual Campaign, a volunteer lead effort that raises funds for community programs and scholarships. Life enriching programs like LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and Third Grade Learn to Swim are supported solely by donations.

The official Kickoff Celebration for the Y’s Annual Campaign will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA. 

Annual Campaign Chair John Kirkgard understands the deep and meaningful impact the Y has in the local community.

“Every dollar donated to the Y stays local, and has a positive impact on the people of our community,” he said.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit, committed to strengthening communities through its areas of impact: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With the help of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Y is able to provide more than $1 million dollars in scholarships annually in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. 

Scholarship grants provide families invaluable access to Y membership and programs like preschool, summer camp, Youth & Government for teens, senior swim, and so much more.

The goal is to raise $180,000 this year. If you believe in the Y’s mission and cause and would like to volunteer, contact the Y today at (805) 686-2037 and ask for Tracy.

Being a part of Annual Campaign for Kirkgard means “supporting each other to make this a better place.” 

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