The Lompoc Family YMCA will kick off its Annual Campaign on February 4th and has named Dick and Joan Barrett – who have held major volunteer roles with the organization –Honorary Chairs as well as Imerys Minerals California Inc., a longtime community supporter.
The Lompoc Family YMCA has set its goal of $100,000 for this year’s annual campaign, and Kay Casey and Ann Bockius, Lompoc Family YMCA board members, have been selected as co-campaign chairs to ensure the fundraising goal is met. Every dollar raised in the annual campaign is applied to placing kids and families inneed into YMCA programs such as healthy living programs, summer day camp, afterschool programs, senior fitness, afterschool care, the LIVESTRONG cancer survivor program, and memberships.
“The Y is more than a gym. It’s a cause,” said Executive Director Tommy Speidel. “As a charity, we’re dedicated to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and providing support to our neighbors in the greater community of Lompoc.”
During his time with the YMCA as a volunteer, Dick Barrett, former Lompoc High School football coach, has served in a variety of program and policy volunteer roles to the Lompoc Family YMCA and the Channel Islands YMCA. He served on the Channel Islands YMCA board of directors and was recognized for service in 1999 as a Channel Islands YMCA Golden Triangle award winner. Joan Barrett has also served as a program and Annual Campaign volunteer. The Barrett’s are also members of the YMCA Heritage Club and are active members in the YMCA programs.
“The Y was in a tough place when I was the board chair, but it’s great to see the progress over the years,” said Mr. Barrett. “The recent renovation has really helped to improve the offerings for the community.”
Imerys Minerals California Inc. has helped play a key role in supporting the Lompoc Family YMCA by providing funding opportunities as well as volunteer leadership to its programs. Since 2005, Imerys has helped to contribute over $20,000 to support the YMCA’s Open Door program.
“Imerys Minerals California is proud to support the Y and we appreciate the partnership in helping to make our community a better place,” said Bruce Coggin, Imerys Minerals California Senior Manager and YMCA Board Member. “The YMCA is an important resource for our community.”Over the years, Imerys has had an employee-led community relations team that has helped identify community projects to support. Imerys has also helped to support other local organizations such as the City of Lompoc Parks and Recreation, Lompoc Unified School District.
In 2014-2015, the YMCA provided more than $100,000 in financial assistance to families and individuals for membership or programs such as child care, camp, sports and after-school programs. This year’s campaign launches Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Lompoc Family YMCA (201 W. College Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436) with the Annual Campaign Kickoff.
“Every day we see firsthand the tremendous impact that the Y has on families and individuals in the area,” said Speidel. “As a charitable organization, we have an obligation to do whatever we can to build a healthy community. Every kid deserves a chance.”
Donations to the YMCA can be made at the Lompoc Family YMCA, 201 W. College Ave, Lompoc or by calling (805) 736-3483. For more information on the annual campaign, visit ciymca.org/lompoc.
About the Channel Islands YMCA
Established in 1887, the Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization of seven YMCA branches serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties including: Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA which operates Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, the St. George Family Youth Center and My Home.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs. For more information about the Lompoc Family YMCA, visit http://www.ciymca.org/lompoc/ or call (805) 736-3483.