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Local YMCAs Join Global Giving Movement

Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs to Participate in #GivingTuesdayNow

The campaign will raise donations in response to COVID-19.

The Greater Scranton YMCA and the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will join #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of generosity and unity on May 5. They will hold online fund drives to help those in need in NEPA.

#GivingTuesdayNow encourages people to support communities and nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic. The movement promotes social connection and kindness, even from a distance.

“The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is honored to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow,” said Jim Thomas, Executive Director of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. “I have been so inspired by the generosity of our community in times of need. #GivingTuesdayNow will offer all of us an avenue for philanthropy, generosity and civic engagement.”

The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are nonprofit, charitable organizations that turn no one away for inability to pay. Last year, they collectively provided more than $1.45 million in financial assistance to local children, adults and families. The need for financial assistance will likely grow due to the economic crisis, so the Y is relying on community support now more than ever.

“The past several weeks have been difficult for our community, nation and Y movement,” said Trish Fisher, President and CEO of the Greater Scranton YMCA. “But, they have also been inspiring. #GivingTuesdayNow will provide all of us with a way to give back in whatever ways we can. Through generosity, true change can occur.”

The Y is committed to helping people grow in mind, body and spirit. Their well-known health and fitness programs are just the beginning of all that they have to offer. The Y serves local children through preschool programs, child care, summer camps and other activities. They also offer many services for senior citizens. Support from the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign will ensure sure that the YMCA can continue offering these valuable programs to everyone.

The Y has always been dedicated to strengthening the community. When restrictions end and they reopen their doors, we’ll appreciate the opportunity to gather, grow and learn together even more.

To support the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, visit the Greater Scranton YMCA or the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA websites.

You can also visit Giving Tuesday for more ideas on how you can spread hope and kindness during the coronavirus.

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