THE YMCA STRONG KIDS CAMPAIGN kick-off breakfast was Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Memorial Healthcare Auditorium. Laura Burroughs, executive director/CEO, spoke to community and board members in attendance at the start of the six-week long fundraising effort. A number of employees were on-hand, as well.

   The Strong Kids campaign already has $20,000 in pledges toward the goal of $60,000. The campaign focuses on providing resources for kids who, otherwise, might not have access to YMCA programs, which in any number of ways, help connect these kids to other opportunities in the community.

   “We are part of something much, much larger than our building,” Burroughs shared on Tuesday morning. “We may be the smallest facility of the 27 YMCA organizations in the state, but with the youth that connects with us, we sometimes become their world, their people, and it is through the community support we get that we are able to do what we do as a nonprofit.”

   Burroughs went on to explain how the Shiawassee Family YMCA continues to provide programming that is “unique and individual to our community.” She discussed how the YMCA is often a “safe, nurturing environment for the kids.”

   “Through the generous support of our community, we are able to offer those experiences to those families who need us the most,” she said.

   The Shiawassee Family YMCA, located at 515 W. Main St. in Owosso, offers numerous programs throughout the year for all ages, including Camp Shiawassee in Bancroft, and is also partnered with Alliance for a Drug-Free Shiawassee. More information is available by calling (989) 725-8136 or visiting

(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

The YMCA Strong Kids campaign kick-off was last modified: February 25th, 2019 by Karen Elford