Community Foundation gives Dodge City Family YMCA $30K grant

Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Daily Globe
Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas assistant executive director Ryan Ausmus presented Dodge City Family YMCA CEO Jackie Gaucin a grant for $30,000 for after-school programs.

After-school programs will be continuing at the Dodge City Family YMCA as the organization announced recently it is a recipient of a $30,000 Scroggins Grant from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas.

According to Dodge City Family YMCA CEO Jackie Gaucin, the goal of the after-school programs is to keep kids safe and active in before and after-school programs.

Starting in 2013, the Dodge City Family YMCA’s after-school program  is one of the largest in the state.

The program continues to expand with before-school, jump start and preschool age programming, combined with funding from the 21st Century funding.

“We were extremely grateful to receive the Scroggins grant of $30,000," Gaucin said. "Like many other local businesses, we are still working through many challenges with staffing, as well as program development and growth.

"With staffing shortages and uncertainty around COVID-19 in childcare, we still have a lot of areas we want to grow and improve on in the program. Currently, we have over 420 kids enrolled in the program, and we have more on waiting lists. We will be able to use this funding to help address immediate needs in before and after-school programs and hopefully expand further.”

For more information on the after-school program contact the Dodge City Family YMCA director of programs Stacie Droste at 620-225-8157 or email to stacied@dcksymca.org.

For information on how to support the YMCA and to give back to the community, contact Gaucin at 620-225-8157.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@gannett.com