Year End Appeal

Dear Friend:

As we close 2021, Youth Services is looking toward a stronger future for all of us. While this has been an especially challenging year for so many, our focus has never waivered. Not only has our excellent work solidified the agency’s crucial role in the community, it has given so many families HOPE. That hope then spreads through our community of incredible volunteers, donors, and everyone who steps through our door.

Each week Youth Services benefits from volunteers who help in so many ways. These volunteers often witness the critical work done in our building, rising demand on services, and the impactful work done by our clinicians every day. Marsha Merdinger is one of these volunteers who has grown to know the agency intimately. Through that deep commitment, Marsha and her husband, Steven, came to the agency with an opportunity and a question: how can we make a donation that will help Youth Services?

A donation of any kind makes a difference. However, they aimed to ensure their gift would have a ripple effect on the organization to help boost fundraising at the greatest time of need, inspire others to give, and ultimately allow the agency to further our ability to support the families who need us most. Steven, Marsha, Scott, and Carly Merdinger will match every dollar raised up to $20,000.

Our goal is to end the year on a high note. You can make that possible by doubling the impact of your gift today. Imagine the possibilities this holds for an agency that prides itself on never turning any family away based on ability to pay. Imagine the opportunity it provides to bring in more clinical staff at this critical time. As the pillar of hope for so many in our local community, you will stand with the agency to ensure our waitlist is lessened, our opportunities are greater, and the future remains bright for all who turn to us.

The end of year is a demanding time for so many and there are many worthy organizations looking for support. We see the same demand as intake calls are on the rise, crisis intervention requests from schools double, and more families reach out for assistance. Imagine the possibilities.

Thank you to the Merdinger family for this outstanding opportunity and gift. And thank YOU for being a partner in the agency’s work. Now is the time for change for our children’s future – you will help make that possible.

With deep appreciation,

Amy O’Leary


Your support will ensure each child who comes through our doors has
the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy, and with hope.