The Penobscot Bay YMCA is launching its annual scholarship campaign to provide scholarships for individuals and families who need financial assistance in order to participate in its programs.

Funds raised from the campaign enable the YMCA to give scholarships for people less able to pay for Y programs. Last year’s campaign, was able to help more than 2,400 individuals – 800 more than the previous year. This year the campaign includes appeals to supporters of the Teen Center and the new Fitness Center in North Haven as well as the appeal for the Summer Camp Scholarship program.

The Y’s mission is to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and to foster a sense of social responsibility. It is our policy to make memberships available to everyone in the community regardless of their ability to pay and this year we are continuing the Teen Center after-school programs free of charge. The Scholarship program makes it possible for the Y to offer reduced facility use rates for schools and groups with special needs, maintain low costs for youth sports programs, provide scholarships for children to attend summer camp and keep membership fees as low as possible.

“Tax-deductible gifts made before Dec. 31 – no matter the amount– will help reach this year’s goal” said Don Abbott, ASC Chair, in a press release. “The community’s generosity will ensure that the Penobscot Bay YMCA continues to offer affordable programs and services, meet the increased demand for scholarships for Knox County residents of all ages and maintain its facility in top condition.”

Every day the YMCA works side-by-side with its neighbors to be sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, thrive and grow. For more information, call 236-3375 or visit www.penobscotbayymca.org.