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Support Our Youth:
The Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau, now in our third year, is a non-profit organization with a board of directors whose members are committed to helping the Ithaca Youth Bureau thrive and more than survive. We work to raise both awareness and funds—more than $30,000 has been donated to the IYB since our inception thanks to many generous individuals, businesses, and foundations. The Friends has allocated support to every program of the IYB.
Yet, we realize we need to double that amount, no triple it, to make even a small dent in the funding needs of the IYB.
As a Board we spent some time this year reflecting on “Why do we volunteer with the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau?” Our reasons are varied but the basic premise is the same: we want to support the youth in our community. We need the Ithaca Youth Bureau to continue to meet the physical, emotional, recreational, social, and developmental needs of the nearly 7,500 youth and their families who annually receive quality programming from the IYB.
I’ve asked the Board to share with you why we support the Friends, with our time, talent, and dollars. Please read our comments and take a moment to reflect for yourself— why is it that you support the youth in our community?
I ask you to show your support with a gift to the Friends of the IYB annual fundraising appeal; this year it is dubbed the “I Support...” campaign.
Now, more than ever, OUR YOUTH NEED FRIENDS! Thanks for your support and show of friendship!
Chair Board of Directors – Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau
IYB Volunteer Coach
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