KYC runs to beat impacts of the impasse
After the difficult announcement of the Resale Shop closure, Kenneth Young Center (KYC) works to find other opportunities for the volunteers and community members affected by the shop’s closing. One opportunity the agency opens up to public, is the 15th Annual 5k Run Walk. The volunteer-planned event attracts walkers, runners, families and their four legged friends to Busse Woods for the active day of fun. All are invited to join us on Saturday, May 14th from 8am (registration) through the afternoon for music, food and the walk! There is something for everyone at the event
Celebrating its 15th year, the walk run raises funds to provide vital services for the mentally ill and older adults of the community. This year, under the current state budget impasse, KYC relies even more on the funds raised from its special events and supporters.
The current stalemate of the Illinois state budget has withheld $500,000 of the agency’s funding. As a primarily publicly-funded organization, KYC depends on the income of state grants and programs to maintain its services. The lack of payments from the state has forced the organization to curtail support services for mentally ill children, low cost psychiatric medications and lab work, and to reduce the number of psychiatric hours the organization can provide to its clients. That being said, Kenneth Young Center is in a relatively healthy position, with other agencies facing the suspension of programming all together. Without a budget in place, KYC cannot fund additional programming than ones which are at the core of its mission: to serve the mentally ill and older adult communities. This all being said, it was in the agency’s best interest to close the Resale Shop,
Without the support of its community members and volunteers, though, KYC could not guarantee its current financial position.
Our organization has grown to provide services and resources to more than 30,000 community members last year alone. In order to maintain this caliber of services, KYC must raise the funds which have not been made available from state grant payments this year. Our staff members are working to raise these funds back, but look to the community for the additional support. Please join us at our walk run, or take a moment to make a donation. Each bit helps us reach our goal to remain as a leading provider of mental health and senior services in the North West suburbs.
To learn more about the run walk, or to sign up, visit our website page:
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