Friday, December 4, 2020

A new day at the Y

 

 

The YMCA was founded in London in 1844 in response to negative changes in larger cities from the affects of the Industrial Revolution.  From the initial program of Bible studies and prayer meetings in London, the YMCA movement spread to Montreal, Canada, in the early 1850’s and then on to Boston, Massachusetts, enlarging the scope of the curriculum to include libraries, swimming pools, gyms, various classes, and even hotel-type rooms. The YMCA went through many challenges during the Civil War, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII and the 1960’s. Now, the YMCA is prominent in over 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation, and this year is once again morphing in conjunction with societal needs and priorities.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is honoring this rebranding by celebrating A Brand New Day on Monday, September 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Y’s continuing focus is “For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, and For Social Responsibility.”

Add Monday, September 20 to your calendar. Live music with J Robert, free T-shirts for the first 300 people, free balloons for children, free food and beverages, free fingerprinting compliments of the Marco Island police department, free prizes every hour for members who join on the 20, and much more.

The YMCA has made a difference in thousands of lives over the course of over 150 years. Its mission is to “put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, body, and mind for all; our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.”

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