YMCA TOGETHERHOOD Team commits to ‘Nourishing Neighbors’
Together We Do More!
GLENS FALLS, November 27, 2018 - The FAMILY YMCA OF THE GLENS FALLS AREA recognizes November as a time of gratitude and giving back. A group of YMCA members did just that through the “Nourishing Our Neighbors” project. The project is part of a volunteer-run committee called Togetherhood™, a national initiative from the YMCA of the USA which the Glens Falls YMCA offers.
Days before Thanksgiving, the Togetherhood™ team assisted multiple families that not only would miss out on a holiday meal, but who often ration food in order to make ends meet. The committee recognized food access as a community need and provided Thanksgiving meals to identified local families.
Lisa Higley, Togetherhood™ Committee Chair, shared that she wanted to get involved with this committee because of her long-time association with the Tri-County United Way and recognizing the immense need in our region. She added, “If I am able to help in any way, I want to do that. I am so grateful to help with Thanksgiving meals. Many families are not able to enjoy the holidays because it a huge financial stress. Delivering these meals will bring them some sort of comfort and allow them to just enjoy their time together.”
Togetherhood™ was created to strengthen communities by allowing Y members to lead and run rewarding service projects as part of the Y member experience. By bringing people together in service to their neighborhoods, Togetherhood™ is designed to build both individual and community well-being. Members work as a committee in partnership with their Y to select, plan and run projects outside the Y that benefit the people and organizations in their community.
The Togetherhood™ Committee is hoping to carry out one project per quarter over the next year. “This team is very passionate about strengthening our community. They are already looking forward to the winter project that involves assisting new/young mothers and their babies. Supporting the overall well-being of families and making a positive impact in our community is a cornerstone of the YMCA”, says Kristen Flynn, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator and Committee Staff Advisor.
Community members who wish to be involved with the Togetherhood™ team can visit www.glensfallsymca.org or contact Kristen Flynn at 518.793.3878.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net