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Donations to the Woodruff Family YMCA Annual Campaign support and help strengthen our community. 

The Woodruff Family YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, is kicking off the community phase of its Annual Campaign on September 1, 2020. The Campaign will raise funds for YMCA memberships, programs and services to help support everyone in the Milford/Orange community. 

Over 1,300 Woodruff Family Y participants receive financial aid for wellness programs, preschool, before and after school child care, swim lessons, summer camp, and more. Donations collected provide Y services to adults, families, and children that need it the most.

Woodruff Family Y Board of Directors volunteer, Glenn Laudenslager of Milford, is leading the Y 2020 Annual Campaign. As chair, Glenn will work in the community with donors, prospects, and funding partners to help the Y fulfill its promise to serve all, regardless of their ability to pay. “It is my honor to serve the YMCA. I grew up spending countless hours at the Bridgeport Y playing sports. This is my opportunity to give back to the Y community that means a lot to me,” said Laudenslager. “The Y is a place where you can find health and a place where you can find help. People go out of their way to help other people find connections, a helping hand, and knowledge to get where they need to go in life.”   

“Glenn is a Woodruff Family Y advocate who is extremely supportive of the Y mission. His leadership, time and talents have helped our members and staff. We are excited that he will solicit donations for our most vital programs and resources that are for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We will now, be able to give even more to our community,” said Joshua Royce, Woodruff Family YMCA District Executive Director.  

This year, the Woodruff Family Y hopes to raise $77,000. While temporarily closed during the worst of the Connecticut Covid-19 Pandemic, the Woodruff Family Y did not collect membership dues to help those with financial hardships, made hundreds of outreach calls to seniors and families providing emotional support and youth-oriented activities; held virtual wellness classes; hosted blood drives and food drives. “I trust no other facility like I do the Y during these challenging times. The social fabric bonds people together. The Y team goes above and beyond to keep our community healthy and safe,” stated Laudenslager.  

“Donations to our 2020 Annual Campaign are more important than ever!” said Amy Wiltsie, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Annual Campaign Director. “The Y is committed to our community and serving everyone in it. With so many families financially affected by recent events, many more will need the YMCA for overall wellness, child care and support.”   

In 2019, over 250 donors aided the Woodruff Family Y making it possible for over 1,500 youth and adults to participate in Y programs. To date in 2020, 165 youth have attended summer camp, 350 learned to be safe in and around the water and 405 participated in afterschool programs. Over 500 adults have participated in a Woodruff Family Y health and wellness class/program either at the Y or virtually.

To learn more about the great work at the Woodruff Family Y, to donate and to volunteer, please visit www.woodruffymca.org or call 203 878 6501. Donations can also be mailed to the YMCA, 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, CT 06461 attention; Josh Royce.

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