Jeff and Valinda Jones

Mel Korum Family YMCA

Jeff and Valinda Jones have been members of the Mel Korum Family YMCA for nearly 20 years, where they’re part of a close-knit group of members who come to the Y at 4:30am to exercise. For years, they’ve appreciated how the Y fosters connections and creates a feeling of family, but it wasn’t until Jeff joined the volunteer Advisory Council that they both realized the extent to which the Y addresses the needs of the surrounding community and the impact a donation makes.

“[We] choose to give to the Y, as we increasingly understand all that the Y does for the community at large – not just its membership within its facilities,” says Jeff. “As we attempt to meet those needs where we can, the task can seem overwhelming at times. That’s where community partners are invaluable in an effort to effectively serve those around us.”

Valinda has seen first-hand the impact of the Y’s youth outreach programs as the principal of GATES High School, an alternative high school in the Franklin Pierce School District. The Y runs the Brotherhood and Sisterhood programs at the school, which provide academic support, job shadowing, and mentoring to students to help them succeed.

“The Y is helping our students and helping increase graduation rates,” Valinda says.

When it came time to make a donation to the Annual Campaign, they wanted to maximize their contribution. Jeff works for Boeing and they discovered the company has a corporate matching gift program, enabling them to double their donation.

“I am very fortunate to work for a company who not only encourages but matches dollar-for-dollar donations to eligible nonprofits made by its employees, up to $10,000,” Jeff says. “Volunteer hours are also eligible, as Boeing donates $100 for every 10 hours of volunteer work.”

Through Boeing’s corporate match program, Jeff and Valinda were able to give a much larger gift to the Y to support programs and services that make a difference in people’s lives in Puyallup and beyond, from financial assistance to Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Matching gifts are an incredible way to double your giving power. Many companies have corporate matching gift opportunities to enable their employees to support nonprofits or volunteer their time.

Does your employer match donations? Find out at  ymcapkc.org/give/ways-to-give/matching-gifts/.

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