In recent weeks, United Way of Pickaway County (UWPC) partner Pickaway County Family YMCA Summer Fun Club capped off another successful summer campaign of youth-based programming.
From their summer free lunch program to the launch of “Super Tuesdays” in collaboration with Foundations4Youth and PICCA, it was a busy summer on Nicholas Drive in Circleville.
Over the summer months, the Y’s ‘Summer Fun Club’ averaged daily attendance of 75 children per day. Grounded in addressing the challenge of securing affordable, all-day, summer child care for working families, the club is in operation 12-hours a day, five days a week from June through the beginning of August. At the time of their initial funding application, nearly 70% of children served by the Pickaway County Family YMCA through this initiative came from families living at or near the poverty level.
An innovative new vehicle for summer fun this year, the YMCA, Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA), and Foundations4Youth teamed up to provide kids with supervised programming, transportation from across town to and from the facility, and a free lunch for the day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. called “Super Tuesdays”. Programming ranged from swimming and team building games at the YMCA to video-gaming and pizza with Foundations4Youth in the evening. On average 45 kids took part in the Tuesday program throughout the summer.
While the Y’s summer programming has wrapped up in recent weeks, two other United Way initiatives in their Preschool and “Y Club: Before and After School Care” launched within the last week. Through the first week of the school year, the preschool program has 30 students enrolled and a third “Y Club: Before and After School Care” site has been opened in the Teays Valley Local School District at Ashville Elementary.