Creative Partnerships: Achieving More Together – A Special Thanks

 

July 24

The YMCA just would not exist without our wonderful volunteers. You will find volunteers involved in many aspects of the Y, and we have to say that we just  “LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS”!

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

Volunteers of the Y: 

  • Lead our Boards of Directors and committees
  • Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
  • Coach our sports teams
  • Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and goals
  • Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier
  • Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation, and your community
  • Participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors

Thank you! There are so many of you that demonstrate your love of the Y by DOING. We appreciate and value your efforts, your time and your resources.

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. ~Author Unknown

 

July 6

Our YMCA has many connections to the ‘faith’ community. Churches often use our facility for large events for their congregations. We often call upon churches to allow us to use their facilities for meetings, trainings or a special event. There was a time when a church actually made the Y their home in our facility and worshipped here each Sunday. It’s not unusual for a church to ask for access to the pool for baptisms.

While there are too many to try and name them all, we do want to specifically “SHOUT OUT” to four churches that have partnered with us for specific projects or events in the last year: Greenwood Presbyterian Church, Northside Baptist Church, Harris Baptist Church and St Mark United Methodist Church. You are all great to work with and we could not begin to carry out our mission without your friendship, your cooperation and your partnership.

For all the others with whom we work, thank you for your continued interest in the Y and our mission! We appreciate you and look forward to working with you for years to come!

 

June 24

We’d like to thank the Greenwood Housing Authority for being such great partners for TEN + years. The partnership includes use of Housing Authority facilities for an afterschool tutoring program and a summer program for residents. Children who live in these neighborhoods are just ‘at-risk’ they are ‘high risk’ youth, affected by many factors.  However, the partnership goes way beyond just use of facilities as the Housing Authority truly sees us as a resource and an asset for their children. They work hard to help us meet our goals and understand the impact we can have on those kids. Thank you Executive Director John Lamb, and all of the staff of the Greenwood Housing Authority for such a great partnership now reaching over ten years.

You can read more about our High Hopes Program HERE. This summer we are working with 50+ children through our Summer Literacy Program.

We are better together!

 

June 13

The Boy Scouts of America in Greenwood SC has close ties to the YMCA. A troop is chartered to the YMCA and has maintained its presence for many years. Numerous Scouts have learned leadership skills and advanced through the ranks of Scouting while calling the Y their home! Several scouts from Troop 66 have completed their Eagle Scout Project at the YMCA. With an indoor swimming pool, the Y is often called upon by local Boy Scout troops as a resource for water safety and aquatic activity.

We appreciate the relationship that has been built. For several years the Y has served as a site for a one day Merit Badge University so young men from Greenwood don’t have to go to Greenville to participate. And finally, in the last ten years, there have been at least six Eagle Scout Projects completed at the Y!

Another great example of how the two organizations work together is the Flag Retirement Ceremony at YMCA Camp Greenwood. The Boy Scouts and the YMCA, working together to pass along lessons about Honor, Dignity and Respect. Read more about this year’s special ceremony HERE!

So, we extend a special THANK YOU to the Blue Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the Long Cane District and it’s Troops and Cub Scout Packs. We are better together!

 

June 2

The Greenwood Family YMCA is so much more than just one organization. An incredible range of partners join us in taking on challenges that are larger than any single organization or community. We’d like to thank a few of our special partners: School District 50, 51 and 52 and the Greenwood Abbeville Little League!

School District 50 and the Y are great partners. Here are a few examples: Viking Spirit is a program where special education students from Emerald High School come to the Y weekly for physical education and fitness activities! The Y helps conduct two 21st Century learning Centers during the afterschool hours at elementary schools. SPLASH is a water safety program where all 5th graders get the opportunity to learn and demonstrate in the water basic safety skills.

We are in the midst of doing SPLASH for both District 51 and 52 right now!

The Greenwood Abbeville Little League’s home is at the Greenwood Family YMCA. Rotary Field and Capsugel Field host the baseball season first for Little League, then the YMCA’s Youth Baseball.

With many other partners like these, along with our volunteers, staff and donors, we have the power to make Greenwood stronger.