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Annual Campaign Funds YMCA Activities For Families In Need

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RALEIGH — At a time when we are being called upon to help victims of terrorism, it is important not to forget about the people in need in our own communities.

The A.E. Finley


in Raleigh is one place where children can take advantage of summer camp and after-school activities.

Mariama Robinson was able to enjoy camp this past summer thanks to the "We Build People" campaign, the YMCA's annual fundraiser to help families in need.

"One of our missions is to serve the entire community regardless of their financial situation," says Brad Davis of the YMCA.

Finances became a problem for Mariama's mother when she was laid off last spring. As a single mother, Cynthia Robinson needed summer child care so she could further her education.

"I thought about day care and summer camp, but I had no money. I could not afford it because the money I had, I knew I needed it to pay bills and for us to live off," says Robinson.

Each YMCA relies on volunteers to make phone calls and solicit donations from the community.

Robinson is one of those volunteers. Now that she has found a job, she has made it her goal to personally raise $2,000 for the campaign.

"This is my way of saying thank you for everything you've done for my daughter and I," she says.

To donate time or money, contact a local YMCA. One hundred percent of the money raised during the "We Build People" campaign goes directly to the people who need it.