Youth Initiative Adopt-A-Town
Half way to our goal for 2012-2013
We are very pleased to be able to say that, thanks to the votes in Derby, Coventry, and Craftsgury and the generosity of Fran and Melanie Azur and Paul and Neila Decelles we are half way to our goal of being able to renew free youth memberships in every town in Orleans and northern Essex Counties for 3012-2013. We now have over 3,000 youths registered as members with more joining every week. Our after school and weekend activities and vacation camps have been increasingly well attended. And Border Hoop is now able to use IROC without charge because the Youth Initiative has been so successful.
We hope you will join our Youth Initiative and make a donation. Every dollar gets us closer to our goal. Every donation means that more and more people are participating in our Youth Initiative.
We calculate the cost per town by taking the number of children (based on the 2000 census) times $15, $10, or $5 per child (depending on the town's proximity to IROC). Here's a list of the towns, the amount necessary to cover each town for one year, and the amount of cash or pledges raised so far for new year of coverage. Please note, the dates of coverage for each town vary.
|Calculation of Cost of IROC's Youth Initiative -- 2010-2011|
|Population||<18||per Kid||Cost||To Date|
December 23, 2009 -- We are pleased to announce that IROC's 2009 Youth Initiative Adopt-A-Town fundraising effort has reached its goal and that IROC can now offer free youth memberships to every child (17 years of age or under) from every town in Orleans and northern Essex Counties, effective immediately. “We are absolutely thrilled that the year end push to include additional towns in the program has been so successful and that we are now able to cover youth memberships in every village and town in our area,” said Julie Gunn, Community Program Coordinator at IROC.
IROC’s part time Youth Coordinator, Nicole Schneeberger, now plans and runs Kids Zone, IROC’s after school and vacation program for youth of all ages. Schools are making increasing use of IROC for after school activities in the Mitchell Pool and the Pronto Sports Center. And, IROC is now the home of all Border Hoop games on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Youth Initiative began in 2008 with grants from Terry and Sue Lucas and Carl and Susan Taylor covering Newport City and Derby youth. In 2009 the initiative took off as donors stepped up to support youth memberships on a town-by-town basis. IROC wants to thank the many donors who have contributed or pledged a total of more than $86,000 in 2009 to cover the cost of this program:
Fran Azur and Melanie Gefert-Azur
Jim and Mary Ann Mulkin
Linda and Bruno Studer
Jim and Linda Murphy
Town of Coventry
Richard and Kathy White
The Derby Taxpayers Association
Todd and Myra Alix
Doug and Vivian Spates
Dave and Beth Bouffard
Wendy and Alan Franklin
Fred and Joyce Oeschger
Paul and Neila Decelles
Steve and Pam Abbott
Peter and Lona Stuart
Phil and Ali White
Various Anonymous Donors
Bob and Jenny Davis
Phil White, Chairman of the Board added, “We are especially pleased to be able to make this announcement at the beginning of the Holiday Season so that kids and their families can take full advantage of this youth membership during the upcoming vacation time. We know times are tough for many individuals and families. So we invite the community to come and enjoy IROC‘s water park and sports center during this vacation time. It’s a great place to have some fun.”
Barton (& Orleans)
Brighton (Island Pond)
Troy (& North Troy)