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YMCA seeks financial support

By By Lydia Grimes
A sinking economy and the looming loss of grant funding have put the Atmore Area YMCA into action to try to raise money for the non-profit organization.
Board members have planned a fundraiser during the month of September to raise funds for the facility, which provides youth and adult sports programs.
The goal of the Atmore Area YMCA 2009 Annual Support campaign is $20,000.
Allen Walston, president of the board of directors, said the Atmore YMCA is no different than other businesses trying to stay afloat during a time when the economy has affected everyone.
Beyond maintaining the building, the YMCA needs to support its ability to help provide scholarships for those who can’t afford the regular membership fees, Walston said.
In addition to economic problems, the YMCA is facing another financial obstacle: Next year, funding from one of the organization’s largest donors will cease.
YMCA board member Peggie Byrd said the fundraising campaign can help the organization get pointed in the right financial direction.
The Y has something to offer everyone in the community, Walston said.
And the YMCA also helps boost Atmore’s image outside the community, Byrd said.
The Atmore YMCA has been a part of the community since 1983.