Last spring, the YMCA of Central East Ontario was awarded a Community Foundation Organizational Leadership and Innovation grant to assist one of its essential programs. ‘Young Moms Working Out’ is designed to provide young mothers on limited incomes with a combination of fitness activities, healthy living programs and positive social interactions for improved parenting skills.
During a recent visit to our local YMCA, the Community Foundation heard several stories reminding us of the importance of inclusivity and the great heart of our community.
Did you know that the YMCA in Peterborough sees half a million visitors annually?
Perhaps most inspiring is the diverse range of people served by this community hub. The friendliness of staff and volunteers, along with an impressive range of programming allows people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and income brackets to feel welcome.
That afternoon, we saw the impact of philanthropy in fostering a sense of belonging and community wellness: another #PtboMoment was born!
Look for this feature in our upcoming Annual Report.