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YMCA Launches Annual Campaign

by Kristen Hogan | Feb 11, 2021

YMCA of the Capital Area Launches Annual Campaign to Support Increased Community Needs

Baton Rouge, La (February 11, 2021) – The YMCA of the Capital Area is launching its annual fundraising campaign today to help ensure that everyone in Baton Rouge has access to vital community programs and resources – especially during these challenging times.

Every year, the YMCA of the Capital Area works to respond to the needs of the community and this year has been no different. Since the country began seeing the effects of COVID-19, the Y mobilized to provide the essential services needed in Baton Rouge.

Since March, the Y provided 6,618 meals to children and families in our community, provided child care to 171 children of essential workers, called seniors and others who face social isolation, modified the fitness center to ensure members feel safe while maintaining their healthy routines, and created a safe space for 335 children to learn while schools operated remotely, with some students currently in this program at the Y.

“Our community has faced unprecedented challenges this year,” said, Christian Engle, President/CEO, YMCA of the Capital Area, “but we’ve also seen unprecedented support from our members and the Greater Baton Rouge community. Strong communities are built by people who care about one another, and this year has proven Baton Rouge cares.”

This year, the YMCA of the Capital Area hopes to raise $470,500, which will help the Y find solutions to critical issues facing our community. Contributions will help the Y address food insecurity, expand drowning prevention outreach to impact more kids, increase tutoring programs to support learning recovery, empower children through youth sports, enhance disease prevention programming to help close health gaps and more.

For more information about the Y’s work and to donate, please contact Stacey Howell, VP of Financial Development at 225-923-0653 ext. 1102 or visit




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