Three hundred and thirty eight Simcoe County kids from low-income homes will now be able to take part in recreation programs thanks to YouthReach. This is because they exceeded their fundraising goal at their annual gala July 3, earning $85,000.

This nearly tripled the organization’s initial goal to raise $35,000.

“Recreation programs have an immediate positive impact on a child’s life. Our donors recognize this,” says Jeanette Heywood, YouthReach executive director. “I was brought to tears by the philanthropy of our supporters who were motivated to nearly triple the number of local kids we can help this year.”

Each child gets up to $250 towards a recreational activity of their choice, among categories like sports, camps,  and arts programs.

Each family must first submit their income information, to be able to qualify for financial support. They must also find an objective third party to vouch for their financial circumstances.

Qualifying households with less than $50,000 and under can receive funding and apply for the program all-year round, as long as it’s before or during the preferred activity. TO date, YouthReach have provided for over 600 youth since 2016, and are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the County of Simcoe.

“We encourage teachers, faith leaders, social workers, neighbours — anyone who is aware of a family with a child who might benefit from our program — to share the news that this local support is available,” says Heywood. “And, please, consider giving and tell others. A donation of $20 per month can help one child per year. We have the ability to help kids here at home in a really simple but profound way, and demand for financial support continues to grow.”

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