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2020 Open Arms Annual Campaign

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We work on drowning prevention through our water safety classes, healthy out-of-school time through our curriculum & program development, and healthy living by focusing on our community’s well being. We welcome everyone through our doors and ensure no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.

The YMCA of the Blue Water Area’s Open Arms Annual Campaign is the cornerstone of the Y’s charitable mission and the dollars raised help us provide safe, high quality, character-building programs for all.


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The YMCA is more than a gym…it’s a cause. In April, the YMCA will officially kick off the 2020 Annual Open Arms Campaign. Every dollar donated to the YMCA of the Blue Water Area has a lasting impact on the people of St. Clair and Sanilac Counties. The Y serves nearly 25,000 people – or 1 out of every 8 people in the area – every year.

For more than 130 years, the YMCA of the Blue Water Area has stayed true to the cause of strengthening our community. Now through June, the YMCA of the Blue Water Area invites you to consider donating to help provide safe, high quality, character-building programs for all. Your donations benefit the entire community. Where does your donation go?

Your charitable gift, big or small, helps fund the Y’s financial assistance program and can help make possible the many programs the Y provides to the community like Safety Around Water, CATCH Kids and Healthy out of school time. In 2019, the Y touched the lives of more than 8,200 children and more than 3,000 children had access to swim & water safety education. Because of the generosity of donors, kids have a safe place to learn and build confidence after school, families have a way to reconnect and grow together; and people throughout the Blue Water Area have programs to help them reach their full potential.

No matter who you are or what neighborhood you grew up in, the Y is a place for anyone who needs us. From water safety to safe spaces, the Y gives everyone the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.


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