Renaissance Pointe YMCA, Let’s Give Allen County
Apr28

Renaissance Pointe YMCA, Let’s Give Allen County

Presenting a Q&A with Renaissance Pointe YMCA Executive Director, Tabitha Ervin. Renaissance Pointe YMCA is one of the five non-profits selected for the Let’s Give Allen County campaign on May 6th. Give us a brief history of your organization and its role in our community. The YMCA has had a long history in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The first Y was established in 1858. The Y is one of the nation’s leading non-profits and largest providers of childcare. Here in Fort Wayne, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has six full membership facilities (Renaissance Pointe YMCA, Central YMCA, Parkview YMCA, Jorgensen YMCA, Whitley County YMCA and Wells County YMCA). We also have a camp site: Camp Potawotami, a Childcare Services branch and the Youth Services Bureau. We serve over 45,000 members and many more people through our vast programming across the city. Our mission, “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all” is present in all we do. The Y has helped the community with such programs as: Y Diabetes Prevention Program, Obesity Wellness Network, LiveStrong Cancer Program, Parkview LiVe Healthy Families program and more! What are some ways that the public can get involved with your organization? The Y is very welcoming to volunteers in our programs. There is an application process and then volunteers are trained and placed within their areas of interest. We also accept volunteers for special events as well. Do you have any upcoming events? Healthy Families Week at all local Y’s: April 26-May 2 Splash Pad Opening at Renaissance Pointe: Memorial Day, May 26 World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Renaissance Pointe: Friday, June 20, 11am What are some of the biggest goals for your organization over the next couple of years? Continuing to connect with children, teens, families and Active Older Adults in the community through effective programming. Tell us a little more about the project or campaign that any money raised from Let’s Give Allen County will help to benefit. Team SOS-Team Students of Success is our Teen Program that is focused on leadership, character building, life skills and college and career readiness. The goal of the group is, “to promote and enhance the social skills and academics of young people in order to develop LEADERS who will be a positive force in their communities.” The group also volunteers in the local community to support others. The group meets weekly and works on college applications, has speakers and goes on field trips, all to promote positive growth and change in their...

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