Local YMCA Branches Launch 2022 Annual Community Building Campaign | Community

Williamsport — The River Valley Regional YMCA recently launched its 2022 annual campaign to raise funds for its community mission: to raise awareness of pressing social issues within our communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

For 2022, the RVR YMCA, a local nonprofit with six branches in our area, has set a total goal of $161,000 with individual goals set for each branch.

The campaign started in early March and will last about eight weeks. Proceeds from the annual campaign will be used to provide scholarships for Y programs and services, fund the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management program, and support active children and seniors.

In 2021, the River Valley Regional YMCA provided more than $758,304 in programs and outreach in Lycoming, Tioga, Bradford and Clinton counties. These funds have helped provide preschool and school-age child care, teen programs, the Healthy Senior and LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA, and joint replacement programs.

“A lot of people have heard of the Y or even worked at the Y, but don’t really know what the Y really is,” said Jessica Servano, director of development at the River Valley Regional YMCA. “We are a non-profit organization dedicated to serving all in our community; every child, teenager, adult, family or elderly person who may need us.

All six locations in Williamsport, Muncy, Jersey Shore, Mansfield, Towanda and Lock Haven offer programs for all ages and abilities. In addition to healthy senior programs for active seniors, there are preschool child care programs, before and after school child care, summer day camps, and teen programs for young people. Parents have time to regain their health while their children are cared for within the framework of child supervision programs or youth movements.

The River Valley Regional YMCA also partners with other civic-minded organizations such as local churches, hospitals, and school districts to create better, healthier communities.

Those interested in donating to the River Valley Regional YMCA or branches in Muncy, Jersey Shore, Mansfield, Towanda, Williamsport or Lock Haven can visit www.rvrymca.org.

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