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January 11, 2016

Syracuse Rotary Supports Y Kids Inc.

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 camper scholarships for children in 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 camper scholarships for children enrolled in Y Kids Inc. This donation will help children experience developmental activities at Camp Iroquois. This programming can include swimming lessons, art classes, horseback riding, sports, and recreational support.

“The Rotarians of Syracuse have supported us for three years now, providing nearly $5,000 in assistance for children in our community,” said Mara Roberts, director of philanthropy for the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. “They understand that their contributions help make the Y so much more than just a gym and helps even more children experience the joy of Camp Iroquois.”

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