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October 20, 2010

YMCA YFS Earns $15,000 Sam’s Club Grant

Gift is part of $1 million national charitable giving initiative to support national urban education and outreach

YMCA Youth & Family Services, the social service department of the YMCA of San Diego County, has received a grant of $15,000 from Sam’s Club to enhance programs designed to help teens prepare for and achieve higher education. The award is part of a $1 million gift to YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the resource office for the nation’s 2,687 Ys, for placing first in the education category of the Sam’s Club “Giving Made Simple” online campaign, conducted earlier this year.

The gift to Y-USA is supporting national urban education and outreach initiatives, including YMCA’s Achievers, an academic achievement and college readiness program designed to help teens set and pursue high educational and career goals. At YMCA Youth & Family Services, the funding will be used to provide additional academic support to foster youth and homeless youth as they work to attain their high school degrees and move on to higher education.

“We are grateful that YMCA Youth & Family Services was selected to receive funding from the Giving Made Simple campaign and we want to thank Sam’s Club and all of its members and associates who voted for the Y,” said Kim Morgan, Executive Director. “This gift will help to support our ongoing efforts to bring the vital work we do with youth and teens to the forefront of our community.”

Through YMCA’s Achievers and other youth development initiatives such as Youth in Government and College Goal Sunday, Ys across the country provide youth with opportunities for academic enrichment, college access support, adult mentors and leadership skills. YMCA Youth & Family Services is one of 60 Ys selected to receive $15,000 grants from the Giving Made Simple campaign.

Giving Made Simple was designed to support educational programs aimed at empowering the nation’s youth to ensure they succeed in the future, and small business and entrepreneurial programs that help business owners launch, sustain and grow their businesses. In April, Sam’s Club members and associates were encouraged to log on to the company’s web site, or use the social media sites Facebook and Twitter, to vote for one of eight participating non-profit organizations – four in the entrepreneurial category and four in the education category. Y- USA placed first in the education category. Sam’s Club also accepted votes in its stores nationwide on one designated day.

“Giving Made Simple is an exciting addition to our charitable efforts and complements our core business strategy that puts our members first in everything we do at Sam’s Club,” said Brian Cornell, President and CEO. ”We believe that by supporting organizations like the Y that are dedicated to preparing children and teens for life-long success – we are making an investment in the communities and people we serve.”

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