Y Makes Impact in Warminster
Last summer, over 270 youth participated in summer camp programs, held over 10-weeks throughout the township at Willow Dale Elementary, Munro Park, Log College Middle School, Warminster Free Library, Archbishop Wood High School, and McDonald Elementary. The Warminster camp offers a wide variety of sports and specialty camps and teen leadership programs for youth up to age 17.
Working parents utilized early and late care throughout the summer with $37,666 in financial aid provided to families in the summer camp program. Requests for financial aid for the 2016 camp season are steady with a 40% increase in applications reported as of May, 2016.
In addition to direct financial assistance, the Y provides impact programs to the community. In spring 2016, 315 second graders from Centennial School District were evaluated for water safety, in alignment with the Y-USA Safety Around Water rubric. With over 200 students qualifying, 25 youth participated in water safety swim lessons over four weeks. The evaluations and lessons were provided free to community families.
In fall 2015, over 400 new winter coats were distributed by the Y to youth in Warminster and Doylestown as part of the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Driving Away the Cold program. The coats were distributed in the Warminster Heights Community Center and provided to local schools as well.
Central Bucks Family YMCA-Warminster offers year-round programs for youth, teens and adults at multiple locations including the Warminster Recreation Building, Warminster Community Park and Log College Middle School. Programs include adult group exercise classes and activities, youth and teen sports classes and leagues, art classes, teen leadership and volunteer opportunities, swim lessons and seasonal events including family nights and a Thanksgiving-themed Turkey Trot.
Since the inception of their new strategic plan in 2013, The Y has been actively seeking ways to partner with like-minded community organizations and nonprofits. When Warminster Township supervisors approached Y leadership with a proposal partnership to begin providing recreational services to the community a resolution to support the project was unanimously accepted by the Y Board and passed by the Warminster Township Board of Supervisors.
As a cause-driven, community-based charitable nonprofit organization the Y remains dedicated to Warminster Township and providing programs that strengthen community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Y is grateful to the community of generous donors and sponsors, partners, volunteers, staff and members for making the Y accessible to everyone.