Community Partner Spotlight: YMCA
The YMCA in Burlington is much more than a workout or swimming facility. We had the opportunity to meet with staff and learn about everything the YMCA does for our community. The building was constructed in 1943 and they officially opened as the Y in 1955. The YMCA offers activities for all ages ranging from swim lessons, aerobic classes, after school activities, gym access and more.
The Y has chosen three focus areas to guide their work and programs. Those areas are youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Youth development can be seen in their summer camp and after school programs through mentoring and other activities. Healthy living is promoted throughout the facility with multiple gyms and workout options. Recently, the Y has put an emphasis on their social responsibility through innovative programs.
One of their new ventures is a food assistance program. The Y noticed some students were not receiving regular meals outside of school or during the summer months. They developed a plan and researched funding to move this project forward with the help of relationships with schools throughout the county. Eventually, they will outfit a van to travel throughout the community to deliver meals to students up to 18 years of age year-round (including weekends) in partnership with Parks and Recreation activity sites.
Another great example of their services is their collaboration with the Alamance Partnership for Children. Staff identified a gap in parenting skills in some of their children’s parents and approached the Partnership to begin their Incredible Years program at the Y. The classes will begin in the upcoming fall free of charge. We are proud to partner with an organization like the YMCA that is working hard to make Alamance County a better place!
For more information on the Alamance County Community YMCA, visit here.