Many local businesses have recently invested in the future prosperity of children in the Urbana region.
Through their contributions to the Urbana Youth Center (UYC), these local businesses are championing the future of the entire Urbana community, according to Justin T. Weller, executive director of UYC.
“Following the generous example set by two of the region’s largest employers, Bundy & Rittal, more than 20 other local organizations, businesses, churches and families are stepping up their efforts,” said Weller.
Bundy Baking Solutions and Rittal collectively contributed $ 43,000 to the Urbana Youth Center to help fund programming for 2021.
Now other local businesses have decided to join the effort.
Orbis Corporation, IGS Energy, Sellman Insurance Group, Mad River Air, Urbana Walmart, Martin Insurance Agency, Weidman Electrical, Squared Construction, Howell Buildings Company, Erin Patton Insurance Agency and others make up a growing group of local businesses working to fund UYC’s efforts.
Caring Kitchen, Bridges Community Action Partnership and Mercy Health – Urbana Hospital are finding valuable ways to support UYC by enabling the nutrition program – so far providing more than 2,000 meals to children in the area.
Building on investment from local businesses, the faith community in the Urbana region is also a strong supporter of UYC’s efforts. The River of Life Christian Center, Urbana United Methodist Church, Renewed Strength and the First Presbyterian Church all work actively to help the youth center. Support takes many forms, including monetary contributions, in-kind investments and volunteers.
Many families, individuals and foundations have also contributed. Many prefer to remain anonymous, although several prominent contributors include the McDavid Foundation, the Michael family, the Phyllis & Will Ernst family, and the Richardson family, among others.
“We see this community rallying to the essential work that is taking place at UYC,” Weller explained. “These investments in industry, faith and family prove that the will to secure the future of our young people is not only present in our community, but undeniably strong.”
According to Weller, the youth center is working hard to raise the funds it needs to fund programming for the remainder of 2021 and through 2022. UYC will more than double the programming this fall to serve its 415 student members.
“Our Champions for Children campaign is currently underway and our students need your help. We have a diverse range of new programs, including Essential Life Skills, Drama, Music Exploration Program, Faith Exploration Program, Mentoring, Sports, Yoga, Arts and Music. ‘crafts and more. Providing these new programs in addition to our ongoing range of homework and study support, nutrition, career preparation, hygiene and meeting spaces requires a substantial ongoing investment, ”said Weller.
For those members of the community who feel compelled to help, the youth center can be supported in two main ways.
“Above all, we need you to invest financially in this effort. There are no two ways about it. Serving 415 student members and providing them with over 15 unique programs is a major financial endeavor. We receive donations of $ 50 to $ 50,000 and every amount makes a difference. Please donate now, ”implored Weller.
Judy Richardson, Deputy Director of UYC, shared the critical need for volunteers.
“Whether you have a few hours a week or just an hour a month and your interest is working directly with students or getting involved behind the scenes, your help is needed today,” said Richardson. “We cannot do it alone. We need people to work with the students, sweep the floors, prepare food, help maintain the building, and countless other essential tasks. To enrich the lives of our students, each of us must get involved. “
Weller and Richardson explained that giving and volunteering is easy. Those interested can go to UrbanaYouthCenter.org or send a check to 160 West Market Street, Urbana, OH 43078. Alternatively, people can call or text 937-772-4022 to speak with a team member about donating or volunteering.
“The good news is that this community has proven its commitment to the dream of a youth center. To fully realize this dream, each of us must dig deep and find out how we can help ensure the success of this effort for years to come. With the continued support of these great local organizations and the investment of individuals across the region, I know we can help these students, ”said Weller.
Students play games at UYC in this recent photo.
The students are returning from a recent UYC field trip.
Information from UYC / Justin Weller.