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‘Your help will make a difference’

April 13, 2012
Messenger News

To the editor:

Diane and I have been asked to lead a capital fund drive for the YWCA of Fort Dodge. We recall teen dances at the Y and know the value of the homeless shelter and parenting programs provided by the YWCA. What you may not know is that in the last three years, more than 250 women have completed substance abuse treatment at the YWCA and know are successful, thriving citizens of our community. I write this letter to encourage people to contribute money for this effort on behalf of those women who need a helping hand.

We've posted a video on the YWCA website ( The video is nine minutes in length; please take the time to watch this video. Diane and I urge everyone to consider writing a check and support this campaign.

The YWCA is located in a building that is 100 years old. They are currently replacing windows and replacing the HVAC system to save money on heating and cooling the building. The campaign is to help fund building improvements and upgrades to the facility and not for ongoing programs. The fund will be a restricted fund for building improvements that will provide the certainty the YWCA needs.

Your help will make the difference. I can't imagine a Fort Dodge without the YWCA. It has been part of the soul of our area for 100 years. The YWCA can't just pick up and move. It has always lived within its means; it has always quietly provided direction and purpose for women and girls. Your gift says you too find value in the work of the YWCA. It says you respect an organization willing to care for others by caring for its own resources. And mostly it says you understand that all the women in your life who have nurtured, cared, inspired and helped you or one you love might have needed such a place. Your gift in their honor will assure the same solid future for women and girls today and in the future.

Thank you for your generosity.

Clyde Knupp

Campaign chairman

Fort Dodge



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