Newberry Y receives grant

March 11, 2014

NEWBERRY —The Newberry County Family YMCA has received a grant from the S.C. Alliance of YMCAs to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in its after school and summer camp programs.

The grant, one of 16 totaling $48,000, was awarded through a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Newberry YMCA. This funding will allow us to address some of the critical issues facing young people in our community,” said Eric Nelson, CEO of the Newberry County YMCA. “We will continue to secure funding and participate in opportunities that allow us to focus on our values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and providing programs that are for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

In 2013 the S.C. Alliance of YMCAs received a state Pioneering Healthier Communities grant focused on state initiatives and public policy issues designed to make the healthy choice the easy choice in South Carolina. One of the strategies is to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards in all YMCA Out of School Time programs such as after school care and summer day camp.

“The YMCA is one of South Carolina’s leading nonprofit providers of after-school programs, thus the impact these new standards can have on SC children is significant.” said Amy Splittgerber, executive director for the SC Alliance of YMCAs.

The Alliance of YMCAs is comprised of 21 independent YMCA associations with 50 branches throughout South Carolina. Collectively, SC YMCAs work together in strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.