After school program gets shot in the arm

Published 10:53pm Monday, January 24, 2011

The Claude Brown YMCA’s after school program got a shot in the arm Monday when the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans presented an $800 donation.

The donation, YMCA executive director Yasmin McKinney said, will provide a tremendous boost for the program.

“For me this means a lot because we have so many that will be able to utilize the after school tutoring,” McKinney said. “This will be a big help when we get going at the end of February or first of March.”

McKinney added that she was “very thankful.”

The donation was part of Thrivent’s Care Abounds in Communities program.

Through the program, members come together to help their communities and individuals in need. Members can use Care Abounds dollars to add to the funds they raise at an activity of to purchase materials for service projects while energizing other members and volunteers to provide help that otherwise would not be available.

Trinity Lutheran Church held a fundraiser, which made the donation possible. In a statement, representatives of the church said the money was raised through a matching funds program.

“Our LWML group at Trinity Lutheran Church had a fundraiser in December, which totaled $400,” the statement said. “We submitted a write-up of our project to Thrivent and that $400 was sent to Thrivent and they matched it with another $400.”

The money was returned as a check payable to the Claude Brown YMCA for $800.

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Trinity Lutheran Church is affiliated with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

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