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YMCA Volunteers Engage in Over 200 Service Projects as Part of United We Serve Initiative


YMCAs Encourage Americans to Continue Contributing to Community Needs

CHICAGO, IL, September 11, 2009 — YMCA of the USA, a leading not-for-profit community service organization, celebrates the successes of YMCA volunteers, who answered President Obama’s call to spend the summer serving their communities. With more than 500,000 volunteers nationwide, YMCAs took part in United We Serve, the national effort launched by the White House to engage more Americans in volunteerism. Thanks to the efforts of these individuals, more than 200 service projects were, or are continuing to be, pursued to help individuals, families and communities to learn, grow or thrive.

YMCA volunteers from across the country participated in United We Serve this summer to tackle societal challenges in their communities. For example, volunteers at the McCormick Tribune YMCA in Chicago and the Dartmouth YMCA in Massachusetts planted and grew fresh produce for hunger relief, volunteers at the Carondelet Family YMCA in St. Louis tutored students in reading and math, and volunteers at the West Philadelphia YMCA in Philadelphia held a clothes and food drive to help underserved youth.

“As the national office of YMCAs, YMCA of the USA is delighted to see the impact that United We Serve has had on Americans, and at our YMCAs. As an organization committed to building strong kids, families and communities, we are proud to have been among those called by the administration to help advance this new effort,” said Monica Elenbaas, Director of Volunteer Service and Learning at YMCA of the USA. “With so many individuals and families in need, there’s no better time than the present for volunteers to get involved and make a difference in their community.”

United We Serve focuses on the key areas of education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal. Sept. 11, 2009, the first ever National Day of Service and Remembrance, will mark the end of the initial summer phase of President Obama’s United We Serve initiative and its transition to a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs. YMCAs join with the president in encouraging people to stay active in their communities well beyond the National Day of Service and Remembrance. As part of this ongoing commitment to serve, YMCAs call on all Americans to find their service passion and volunteer to contribute to the prosperity of their communities.

The YMCA’s rich heritage as a service organization goes back to its founding by volunteers more than 160 years ago. Through support of United We Serve, YMCAs across the country will continue their commitment to uniting people of all ages in developing a life-long ethic of service.

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About YMCA of the USA: YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation’s 2,686 YMCAs, which serve 21 million people each year, including nearly 10 million children under the age of 18. YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on their collective strength as one of America’s largest not-for-profit community service organizations.  Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening, and health and well-being for all, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels.  From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America’s communities for nearly 160 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Visit www.ymca.net to find your local YMCA.

Contact:
Mamie Moore
YMCA of the USA
312-419-8325
mamie.moore@ymca.net

Friday, September 11, 2009

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