Thursday, 28 September 2023 13:44

Saratoga YMCA Raises Over $80k to Help Children Attend Summer Camps

Photo provided by Saratoga Regional YMCA. Photo provided by Saratoga Regional YMCA.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA has announced that through its financial assistance program, over $80,000 was raised for youths attending the YMCA’s day camps throughout the summer.

Over 250 children attended the YMCA’s summer camps each week during the summer, according to a press release from the Y. The release thanks the YMCA’s donors for their support.

“The Y is happy to welcome children of all backgrounds into our summer camp and give them a sense of community and lighthearted fun with their peers. It is the most gratifying thing we can do,” said Scott Clark, CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA, in the release. “This is our mission--being a safe haven for all, regardless of their ability to pay. The diversity of our Y makes us healthier and stronger as a community and I’m so grateful to all our generous benefactors who are the ones who make this possible.”

In addition to the financial assistance program, the YMCA also partners with organizations including the Saratoga County Department of Social Services, the New York Race Track Chaplaincy, and the Franklin Community Center, the release states.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing partnership with the Saratoga Regional YMCA. The Y recognizes that the backstretch families are a vital part of the Saratoga community.” said Nick Caras, Program Director of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy, in the release. “This partnership provides our kids with a fun and new experience while spending their summer upstate. I cannot say enough about the Y and how they make our families feel welcome and included in not only their organization, but the greater community.”

The YMCA stated in the release it expects to give over $800,000 in financial assistance this year for a variety of services and programs. To learn more about its financial assistance program, visit srymca.org or call 518-583-9622.

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