Community funds key Y programs

United Way partners with Y
on two youth-focused outreach efforts

The Waynesboro YMCA has been awarded two grants by the United Way of Greater Augusta to fund an adaptive exercise program for children with disabilities and to fund an initiative to teach minority youths to swim.

“We’ve very excited about the continued partnership with the United Way to serve those that normally could not afford Y programming,” YMCA executive director Jeff Fife said. “The United Way funds this year will also allow us to expand our children with disability adaptive exercise programming as well as jump start a minority learn-to-swim initiative. We greatly appreciate their efforts and impact on the youth and families we serve.”

The United Way had partnered with the Y in the past to jumpstart the Everybody Plays Everybody Wins program for children with disabilities. That program is being expanded with invitations to children in area elementary-school special-needs classes to take part in a four-week adaptive-exercise session that incorporates exercise in the gym and the pool.

The minority learn-to-swim initiative was jumpstarted by a $500 gift from Union Baptist Church to provide scholarships for minority youths to participate in Y swim-lesson programming. The Y will partner with the Boys & Girls Club and the Jamm’n Book Van to increase participation in the program.

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