It's the most important campaign of the year for one area agency.
That is how Executive Director Rennie Cluver describes the annual YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign. In mid-April, the non-profit DeWitt County agency will begin their yearly drive which helps support the programming they put on all year round.
Around $100-thousand is the annual goal for the Strong Kids Campaign at the Clinton YMCA. Cluver says last year they fell short of their goal. He feels some of the reasoning could be due to the uncertainty of the power plant, but he says they are thankful Exelon is going to remain in the community, as they are a huge supporter of the YMCA.
Cluver indicates the $100-thousand they strive for each year isn't even all of what they give back in programming scholarships. He indicates they subsidize around $135-thousand each year.
The Strong Kids Campaign is set to open April 19 and Cluver says if you have donated in the past, plan on receiving a phone call from the YMCA for their annual Strong Kids campaign.
He also says they'll be reaching out to area businesses in hopes of rallying support and reaching their $100-thousand goal again.
To donate to this year's campaign, contact the Clinton YMCA at 217-935-8307.