Sunday, October 15, 2017

Campbell County YMCA Offers Membership for All

The Campbell County YMCA, located in the heart of Fort Thomas, is home to a diverse population of neighbors. That’s because at the Y, everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive in a safe, caring, and vibrant environment.

Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual donors, the Y offers financial support to members of the community who may not be able to afford a membership. In 2016, $270,000 in financial assistance was provided to Campbell and Kenton County residents. One of those recipients, John, credits this generosity for saving his life.

Earlier this year, John’s family was hit hard when he lost his job at a local hospital. As a single parent, he was left to provide for his teenage daughters without a steady income. After spending several weeks in a depression, unsure of where to turn, he heard about the support of a local nonprofit. That’s when he turned to YMCA employees who were able to offer assist him with a family membership.

He credits the Y for building up his spirit and bringing his confidence back. The friendships he has made with staff and members took him out of his slump and made him want to continue on with his job search. His weekly workouts have made a difference in his physical health as well. As a diabetic, his doctor has noticed great improvements in the last four months. The Y is now his family, his backbone, who encourage him each and every day from the front desk, to the weight room, to the pool.

And his daughters now have a safe place to go after school where they can build relationships, bridge the academic achievement gap and feel a sense of belonging.

Because of the support of the Northern Kentucky community, these stories occur every day at the Campbell County YMCA.  Though the Y, 1,000 youth receive academic support and build life skills through the Before and Afterschool Program, 200 youth keep learning and stay active during summer camp, 600 swim lessons teach individuals water safety and basic swimming skills, and 800 active older adults stay healthy and connect with others.

To learn more about how you can help the YMCA support more families in need, please contact Erin Swift at the Campbell County YMCA or visit

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