Letters to the Editor 08-14-14

The Findlay Family YMCA does great work in our community based on the Y’s three pillars of youth, development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The Y has continued to manage the community pool at Riverside Park for the past five summers, providing a safe place for families and youth to be throughout the summer months. This year, the Y has started a new initiative to help combat the challenges of youth obesity our community is facing.
They are doing this through a variety of fitness classes, sport leagues and programs at our local schools, all with a focus of healthy living and at a very low, or no cost to the participants.
The Y will also begin to lead the ENGAGE Youth Council this fall, promoting service learning and leadership with young adults in our community. Our Y is so much more than a gym in Findlay and Hancock County. We provide an anchor to our community that gives all of us, regardless of age, income or background the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
There are many stories of how the Y impacts families and members, whether it is a senior citizen who is able to take a daily swim, a family whose children attend day camp or a young child who gets to try flag football for the first time.
At the Y, we strive to have an impact on every member and participant. Did you know that more than 25 percent of our Y members and child care participants receive some form of financial assistance to enjoy the programs and facilities?
The Y is currently running their Community Annual Support Campaign to ensure access to the Y for all, regardless of their ability to pay. We encourage everyone in the community to join our cause.
We are at 65 percent of our goal for 2014. Gifts of any amount will help the Y continue our life-changing work. When we all pitch in and help our neighbors, we make meaningful, enduring impact in the lives of children and families, and ultimately, strengthen our community.
Denise Thomas
YMCA board member

David Tharpe (Aug. 12) shares Jesus’ lesson about how feeding a man a fish fills his belly for a day, while teaching a man to fish feeds him for a lifetime. Pretty simple in Jesus’ day, but let’s take a closer look at this.
If we teach a man to fish, now we have to give him a rod, reel and tackle box. Perhaps a bass boat and a cooler for his beer, and let’s not forget the fishing license! So the question I have is, what will this new subsidy program cost?!
Don Iliff will probably be all over this new program. Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.
Dave Malone


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