YMCA of Southern Maine

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United Way of York County Awards the Y Two Grants

Published 02.26.16
CONTACT: Sarah Leighton  sleighton@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org




(Biddeford, Maine) – The YMCA of Southern Maine announced that it has been awarded two one year grants from United Way of York County totaling $16,625. This investment will support the YMCA of Southern Maine’s Northern York County Branch’s Community Connections program and Community Childcare Center.


“We are thrilled to be the recipient of these United Way grants, which will help us continue to have an impact throughout York County,” explained YMCA of Southern Maine CEO Helen Breña. “Our programs provide vital support and we are privileged to serve the community.”


The YMCA of Southern Maine’s Community Childcare Center provides childcare to families in the greater Biddeford area who otherwise may not be able to afford stable, high quality care for their children. Childcare at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


Community Connections is a youth mentoring program created in partnership of the YMCA of Southern Maine’s Northern York County Branch and the Rotary Clubs of Kennebunk and Kennebunk Portside. The program goals are to provide youth with adult role models, help them build a sense of belonging in the community and to introduce youth to community resources and activities, including volunteering.


Through the mobilization of resources, expertise, and funds that support programs focused on the essentials of education, financial stability, and health, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community. Thanks to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout York County, this year the United Way is investing in 63 community programs that serve children, youth, adults, and families.


“Thanks to the generosity of many who support United Way’s work throughout the year, we are able to provide continued and much needed support for essential human services across the region,” noted United Way of York County President & CEO Barb Wentworth. ”These important programs support the best start for our youngest citizens, provide healthy foods for children and seniors, engage youth in meaningful service, and meet basic needs, all critical components of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County.”


About the YMCA of Southern Maine

The YMCA of Southern Maine is committed to building strong kids, individuals, families, and communities through programs and services that promote a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, regardless of ability to pay. Its four branches and 12 before-and-after-school sites serve over 30,000 individuals. This year, it is expected that over $1,700,000 in financial assistance will be provided to 8,000 youth, individuals, and families to ensure participation in all YMCA programs, with 1 out of every 3 members receiving some form of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org.


About United Way of York County
United Way of York County strengthens community conditions by bringing people and resources together to effect long-lasting changes that improve lives. Together we focus on important issues that impact Education, Income, and Health, the building blocks of a good quality life.

To learn more about United Way of York County and be a part of the change you want to see in the world, visit www.buildcommunity.org or call 207-985-3359 to learn how you can Give, Advocate, or Volunteer.