Mary Grainger and her family have been an integral part of the Ithaca Youth Bureau (IYB) community for many years. As parents of three girls who participated in various IYB programs, Mary and her spouse quickly learned the importance of volunteers in creating positive experiences for youth sports. Over time, Mary's involvement with the IYB grew as she became more invested in the organization's mission.
As the Friends of the IYB was being established, Mary became involved in helping with the organizational steps such as naming the nonprofit, developing a logo, and starting social media accounts. She has worked tirelessly to increase public awareness of the FIYB mission and how they can financially assist IYB programs and facilities. When FIYB was asked to help IYB raise awareness and funds to enclose the Cass arena, Mary became the campaign coordinator.
The "Enclose Cass" campaign was successful, and Mary played a significant role in achieving its goal. As the campaign coordinator, Mary worked with other volunteers to organize events and create graphics to promote the cause. She became known as the "Cass Campaign," and her efforts were vital in making the dream of enclosing the Cass arena a reality.
Mary's experience with the IYB has been fulfilling. She shares her experience in project management, fundraising, and community outreach gained through her involvement with other local organizations, As a municipal representative on the Tompkins County Youth Services Board in the 1980s, Mary learned about the central role IYB plays in delivering recreation programs and camps for residents of adjacent communities as well as Ithaca.
In reflecting on her time with the IYB, Mary fondly remembers working alongside the other FIYB board members to achieve their goals. She credits the organization's success to the hard work and dedication of its volunteers.
For those who are unfamiliar with the IYB, Mary believes it's essential to know the positive impact the organization has on the community. From providing after-school programs to sports and summer camps, the IYB is committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for youth in the area.
Mary's time with the IYB has left a lasting impression on her and the community. With the "Enclose Cass" campaign complete, she is eager to see what the future holds and how she can continue to make a positive impact on the Ithaca community.