Grant to aid YMCA programming


As the school year continues, parents searching for safe quality afterschool programs are getting some much needed assistance. Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the “JCPenney Afterschool Fund”, the Switzerland County YMCA will have the opportunity to help more children participate in safe, life-enriching afterschool programs.

This grant award is specifically targeted to help YMCAs provide financial assistance to new and previously enrolled students (grades K-12) who cannot afford to participate in afterschool program because of financial circumstances. This gift is one of 287 similar grants being awarded by the “JCPenney Afterschool Fund” to YMCAs around the country.

“The ‘JCPenney Afterschool Fund’ is firmly committed to supporting youth-serving organizations, like the YMCA, that are dedicated to providing safe, meaningful programs during the crucial hours of 3-6 p.m., when studies show that youth are at a greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors,” said Jodi Gibson, president of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. “By collaborating with the YMCA, we can ensure that more at-risk children across the nation have access to afterschool programs that will inspire them to be smart, strong and socially responsible.”