YMCA of Greenville’s Foundation Announces 2022 Grant Recipients

YMCA of Greenville

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Today, the YMCA of Greenville Foundation announced the recipients of its 2022 grant cycle. The Foundation’s endowment fund helps sustain the YMCA of Greenville’s commitment to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility by financially supplementing the Y’s projects, programs and services.

“The financial support the YMCA of Greenville Foundation receives impacts lives long after the gift is made, says MaryEllis Petrosian, executive director, YMCA of Greenville Foundation. “We are so grateful to be able to support the addition of such meaningful programs and projects to the YMCA of Greenville association and our surrounding community.”

The projects implemented due to the 2022 grants include:

• Eastside Family YMCA hired a full-time assistant sports director. As a result, communication with parents and coaches has improved, and additional oversight of day-to-day operations, practices and games was implemented. This has allowed them to further emphasize character development, teamwork and good sportsmanship while providing opportunities for kids to be healthy and build positive relationships.

• George I. Theisen Family YMCA’s “Innovate, Inflate and Integrate” project, provides safe and fun inflatable features to communities that may not have access to them. The inflatable features have been used for multiple Association-wide events, serving more than 400 children at three events thus far, and projected to serve more than 20,000 children by the end of the year. The project is also showcased at the BMW Charity Pro-Am event as part of the YMCA Family Fun Zone.

• Prisma Health Family YMCA has implemented:
o “Hispanic Community Fitness” to provide disadvantaged Hispanic families fitness and dietary resources to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition, to increase physical activity and encourage healthy lifestyle habits to improve their overall health.

The program impacts the YMCA’s healthy living focus area by addressing the challenges the rise of obesity and chronic disease has on this community.

o “Project Strength” teaches teenage girls ages 13-18 how to properly use gym equipment and become familiar with the fundamentals of strength training to inspire confidence to work out on their own. The program covers topics such as the importance of eating healthily to properly fuel your body, the importance of exercising and strength training, why hydration is important, as well as other health and fitness related curriculum. Project Strength helps them to continue their training together outside of the program and to nurture relationships amongst the group to support each other in their wellness journeys.

• YMCA Judson Community Center received direct support for 163 youth in its afterschool, preschool and summer day camp programs. Every family served through this branch qualifies for financial assistance, and funding from grants and donations are necessary to keep the Judson YMCA programs sustainable.

• YMCA Camp Greenville has developed a “New + Adventurous Experience in the Out-of-Doors for Youth” program that focuses on the skill development and benefits of stand-up paddle boarding. Adventure trips with Camp Greenville takes campers from Upstate South Carolina, Western North Carolina and East Tennessee exploring white water rivers, caving, lake canoeing, mountain biking, climbing and now stand-up paddle boarding, all aligning with the YMCA’s strategic plan of youth development, social responsibility and healthy living.

• YMCA of Greenville’s “RECESS (Recreation, Exercise, Community, Education, Social, Service)” program provides valuable and enriching experiences for adults with diverse abilities without compromising on quality or affordability. These elements serve as a guide for program curriculum and place heavy emphasis on delivering experiences that promote engagement with peers, wellness and recreational activities, social responsibility and development of independent living, vocational and self-advocacy skills. RECESS represents the YMCA’s belief that everyone has potential and that a diverse community helps makes everyone stronger.

Established in 1973, the YMCA of Greenville Foundation, Inc. is a separate nonprofit corporation operating for the benefit of the YMCA of Greenville. Year after year and generation after generation, our leaders guide our organization with an eye to our four core values: caring, honestly, respect and responsibility. While the needs of a community will change, these pillars of character taught at the YMCA will endure to provide impactful solutions. The YMCA of Greenville Foundation helps sustain the YMCA of Greenville’s commitment to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility by supplementing the Y’s projects, programs and services.

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