Burbank YMCA Annual Campaign Closes In On Goal

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Members of the Burbank Annual Campaign Member to Member fundraising team met to kickoff the month-long effort to replenish the financial assistance fund. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Burbank YMCA Annual Campaign is in full swing, with less than $15,000 in pledges needed to reach the $110,000 fundraising goal by April 6. While YMCA Board Chair David Escobar heads up the Major Gifts part of the effort, former Burbank City Manager and current Woodbury University Adjunct Professor Mary Alvord chairs the Member to Member outreach. The Annual Campaign raises contributions for the Burbank YMCA’s financial assistance fund.

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“We ensure that the Y remains open to all by offering financial assistance to those who find the fees a barrier to participation,” commented Yvette Herrera, Director of Philanthropy at the Burbank Community YMCA. “Four out of 10 members receive some level of financial assistance. We give out over $300,000 in financial assistance annually.”

Members of the Burbank Annual Campaign Member to Member fundraising team met to kickoff the month-long effort to replenish the financial assistance fund. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)
Members of the Burbank Annual Campaign Member to Member fundraising team met to kick off the month-long effort to replenish the financial assistance fund. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While “the Annual Campaign gives members an opportunity to give back by raising much needed funds for the Y,” added Herrera. “I’ve discovered it also provides a great way for Y members to get to know each other better. To generate donations, we ask members to share their personal Y story with their friends at the Y and in the larger Burbank community.”

Burbank YMCA members, instructors, employees and volunteers are taking time to speak about their YMCA experience to other YMCA members at the beginning of exercise, swim, gymnastics, sports and stretch classes. Speakers encourage other members to join them and make a donation of any amount to the Annual Campaign.

“That’s been the best part of the campaign for me. I love hearing the incredible stories,” added Herrera. “The member who lost 100 pounds after being obese her whole life, the adult who finally learned to swim, the grateful parents of a  child who loved summer day camp, the woman who regained her ability to walk after a car accident.”

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“It’s amazing that it all takes place at the Y. But that’s our mission – to provide people of all ages lifelong opportunities to become stronger in spirit, mind and body.”

Burbank YMCA Member to Member Chairperson Mary Alvord talks to team members. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)
Burbank YMCA Member to Member Chairperson Mary Alvord talks to team members. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“I have been a member of the Burbank YMCA for over 30 years… using it during my career years to ‘sneak’ in a workout or two to try to stay healthy and reduce stress,” said Alvord, who was Burbank City Manager from 2003 to 2009, Assistant City Manager from 2000 to 2003 and Parks and Recreation Director from 1991 to 2000.

“But I came to truly appreciate the Burbank YMCA when I retired in 2009 from my position as City Manager and finally had some time for me,” continued Alvord. “I started making morning classes part of my daily ritual and soon discovered a wonderful world of support, encouragement and friendship.”

Jodi Reneaud, Burbank YMCA Director of Volunteer Engagement, talks at the Annual Campaign Member to Member kickoff. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)
Jodi Reneaud, Burbank YMCA Director of Volunteer Engagement, talks at the Annual Campaign Member to Member kickoff. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“I work out with young moms, other grandmothers and some amazing gentlemen who have no problem mingling with a class of mostly female participants. There are days, I admit, that I drag myself there, but I always leave feeling happier and healthier,” she also said. “The Burbank YMCA has changed so many lives for the better… and I am proud to count myself in that population!”

Avord felt “it was important to take the Campaign to the members who I believe are the heart and soul of the YMCA.”

“I know that there are others taking classes with me that share my love for the YMCA and that, if approached, would give to continue and expand the good work of the Burbank YMCA,” said the life-long Burbank resident, who’s daughter Jenny, son-in-law Brady and three grandchildren Lauren, Colin and Owen also live in Burbank.

“I am hoping this ‘grass-roots’ campaign raises awareness of all the good work the YMCA does towards building community and promoting the health and well-being of all Burbank residents. I am proud to stand up and say I support the YMCA financially and encourage others to join me!”

Participants in the Member to Member Campaign are not only talking to fellow YMCA members but also to friends, businesses and groups in the Burbank community at large, sharing their personal stories and connection to the Burbank YMCA and encouraging donations.

Those interested in donating online may do so at this link. The 2015 Annual Campaign runs March 6 through April 6. As of March 17, the Burbank YMCA Annual Campaign has raised a total of $95,238, with just $14,762 remaining to reach their goal.