The season of giving continued from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas as the Dodge City Family YMCA was a recipient of two grants to go toward its after-school program and facility improvements.

According to Dodge City Family YMCA, its after-school program started in 2013 and has since become one of the largest programs in the state.

“We were extremely grateful to receive the Scroggins grant of $25,000 in addition to KDHE 21st Century funding,” Dodge City YMCA branch executive director Jackie Regan said in a news release. “The additional funds from the Community Foundation will go a long way in helping us to provide the quality of program we strive to offer our community and help offset the new programming we are offering with the expansion of a Before School and a free jumpstart program as well as the preschool programming we offer at Sunnyside Elementary.

"These programs are invaluable to the community of Dodge City and serve over 600 students of (Dodge City) USD 443."

In the last two years, the community foundation has grown to encompass before-school, preschool and jumpstart programming at the Dodge City YMCA.

To assist in the expansion of a fitness center remodel, a grant of $23,000 from the foundation will go to the Dodge City Family YMCA’s Capital Campaign.

“This project has changed drastically over the last few years," Regan said. "Our board has been very responsible with funding we have received, and we were able to finish our locker room remodel in 2019.

"We’re excited to get started on the next portion of the project. These funds have made a tremendous difference in getting us closer to our campaign goal.

"We know our members and community will be thrilled to have these renovations complete and we expect construction to begin in early 2020."

To assist members and participants with program and membership fees, the YMCA raises funds year-round for scholarships as well as through its capital campaign.

Its “Keeping Our Promise” campaign raises funds each fall to award deserving youths one-year memberships.

The “Keeping Our Promise” campaign selects winners nominated by teachers from each elementary school in Dodge City who were chosen based on financial need, personal conduct, academic effort and other factors.

The winners are announced during all-school assemblies near Christmas.

“This is my favorite campaign because I really get to see the joy in the kiddos' faces when they receive a free membership," Regan said. "It’s really fun to award, and my team and I really enjoy it.

"We are very thankful that USD 443 works with us, and their staff nominate the students, so we know these kids really deserve the award.”

For more information or to make a donation, contact Regan at 620-225-8157 or jregan@ymcaswkansas.org.

 

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