Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau (FIYB) has allocated more than $65,000 for Ithaca Youth Bureau program areas. These funds came from donations from community members, said Jeff Love, president of the FIYB board.
These funds have supported Recreation Support Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, camp scholarships, the College Discovery Program, Outings, the Paul Scheurs Memorial Program, recreation scholarships, and youth development. FIYB also manages the gifts made for the Cass Park Arena Enclosure Campaign.
In addition, the FIYB allocated $5,000 for IYB staff to provide to families with emergency needs in spring 2020. FIYB and IYB also collaborated with the United Way when $110,000 was contributed in early summer 2020 to reopen the IYB, which had been closed in late spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are grateful for the Friends of the IYB,” said Liz Klohmann, Ithaca Youth Bureau director. “Year after year FIYB board members volunteer their time and resources to raise support for Youth Bureau programs. Their contributions ensure that valuable youth services are available for our young people. On behalf of Youth Bureau families and staff, thank you!”
FIYB is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the Ithaca Youth Bureau provide recreation and youth development programs that promote the health, happiness, and well-being of all youth and families in the greater Ithaca area. To learn more, to donate, or to volunteer, visit friendsiyb.org.