Youth Community Services rush to the finish line for fundraising campaign

February saw great progress for the Community Youth Shelter’s fundraising campaign for their new, expanded facility.

“We’ve had some really amazing grants and donations,” director Kaylyn Weldon Gary said. “Right now our focus is on the Mabee Challenge grant. We have until October 12 of this year to raise $1,676,000. If we are successful, the Mabee Foundation will offer us $1,000,000, which would be the last fund we need to reach our goal of just over $5 million.

All donations and grants received by the organization since October 12, 2021 count toward the challenge grant, including recent gifts from the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation, Daube Family Foundation, Fred Chapman, Jr. family in memory of Joan Chapman, JP Morgan Charitable Giving Trust at the request of a private family, and numerous private businesses, individuals and families.

“We reached our goal of $300,000 for the public campaign thanks to the generosity of these recent donors,” said Weldon Gary. “We are now approaching the completion of our fundraising goal with just under $350,000 remaining as of March 3, 2022.”

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Almost more exciting than a nearly fully funded project is an estimated groundbreaking date. “We are hoping for spring this year,” Weldon Gary said.

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