YMCA supports rural fitness programs with support from OTF
NEWS RELEASE — Rural seniors and children in the Sydenham and Seeley’s Bay areas gained access to healthy programs from the YMCA of Eastern Ontario last year, thanks to a $58,100 seed grant of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This grant, awarded in 2020, enabled the YMCA to bring its “Mobile Y” fitness program to underserved rural communities at no cost to participants.
Based on the results of this pilot project, the YMCA hopes to expand this much needed program in the future. This pilot project allowed the YMCA to offer free cardio, strength and core training to seniors twice a week at Grace Hall in Sydenham.
The YMCA also offered fitness classes for youths ages 8-15 and a boot camp for teens ages 9-12 in Seeley’s Bay, both free. Mobile Y programming has helped increase physical activity and combat isolation in these communities during COVID-19.
“It was an incredible opportunity to bring Y fitness programs to underserved rural areas,” said Rob Adams, CEO, YMCA of Eastern Ontario. “Our funding and the partnerships we have developed with municipalities have made this possible. Organizations need to work together to meet the needs of our communities and this is something we actively engage in.
The YMCA of Eastern Ontario is a charitable organization that provides programs and services to improve health and health outcomes, develops leaders, helps build social connections, and provides safe and inclusive spaces for people of all ages.
The Y is Canada’s largest provider of child care services with proprietary curriculum and offers fitness and other programs including scuba diving, karate and Total Life Care.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112 million was invested in 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy, vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s not-for-profit sector.
In 2020-21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping not-for-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID‐19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.