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Y’s 7th Grade Initiative Programs Receive Sponsor Boost


Central Bucks Family YMCA and Lower Bucks Family YMCA operate as one of the largest community nonprofit organizations in Bucks County. Both organizations provide free 7th grade memberships to local middle school students and offer mentorship, fitness, and volunteer programs for the entire year.

Last month, the popular program received a boost when Univest Bank announced they would sponsor the program at both facilities at the $20,000 level.

univest check R“Support from the community and sponsorships from our local organizations are key,” said Zane Moore, who heads both organizations. “When a gift like this comes in from a local business and supports both organizations, we need to recognize it in a big way.”

All 7th graders from Central and Lower Bucks counties in Pennsylvania, from Chalfont to Bristol are eligible for the free membership. The program provides youth opportunities to utilize the fitness center, swimming pool, teen center, gymnasium and group exercises classes. Both organizations provide opportunities to teens to participate in more meaningful ways through teen leader and student government groups and volunteer projects.

In 2015, over 800 youth benefited from the program in Central Bucks with over $410,000 in community benefit provided. At the Lower Bucks Family YMCA, 333-7th graders utilized the free membership at a community benefit of over $100,000.

“The Y wishes to thank Univest in their fourth year of support,” said Moore.

For information on the 7th grade initiative program or to find out how you can help this or other community impact programs offered by the Y, visit their websites at www.cbfymca.org or www.lbfymca.org or contact Cheryl Brubaker at cbrubaker@cbfymca.org at the Central Bucks Family YMCA or Shannon Connolly sconnolly@lbfymca.org at the Lower Bucks Family YMCA.