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May 29, 2015

Rotary helps kids with special needs

The Syracuse Rotary Foundation donates $1,500 to the
East Area Family YMCA to help kids with special needs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –The Syracuse Rotary Foundation has donated $1,500 to the East Area Family YMCA in support of Y Kids Inc., an inclusion program for kids with special needs.

All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve under the guidance of adults who care about them and believe in their potential. Our YMCA recognizes the need for services for children with special needs. We are proud to offer Y Kids Inc., a program tailored specifically in support of these children and their families. Through Y Kids Inc., children of all ages and abilities get to play at the Y.

Caring for a child with special needs presents families with urgent - often overwhelming - financial challenges. Y Kids Inc. is provided free of charge to individuals with a developmental disability and qualifying documentation who reside in Onondaga County and live at home with their families.

The contribution from the Syracuse Rotary Foundation will be used to support families in need of financial assistance and will provide additional hours of services for children enrolled in Y Kids Inc. This donation will help children experience additional developmental activities at the Y. This programming can include swimming lessons, art classes, fitness training, sports, social skills classes and recreational support.

“Syracuse Rotarians understand that the Y is so much more than a place to exercise,” said Mara Roberts, director of annual giving for the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. “It’s gifts like this that make it possible for all kids to have fun and learn at the Y.”

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