YMCA serves community well

Published 5:41 am Wednesday, August 8, 2007

By Staff
It is one of the jewels of which Brewton is most proud. The YMCA provides programs that serve every facet of our community.
Brewton's YMCA serves up to 25 percent of its market - a population of 15,000 to 20,000, YMCA Director Dan Shaddock told members of the Brewton Rotary Club Monday.
From child care to sports to fitness to aquatics, the YMCA offers a little something for everyone.
Changing lives is at the heart of the YMCA's mission, and having a beautiful facility in which to do it is a blessing for our community.
But the YMCA building is about 17 years old, and it is beginning to show some wear and tear.
So the YMCA has undertaken a capital campaign - the first in its existence - to help raise money to fund some needed improvements.
The Y formed a committee to determine the facility's most pressing needs, and those have been organized into a priority list.
Already, the capital campaign has raised money to help fund two improvements that have been made - the installation of a computerized energy management system and repairs to the glass over the foyer in the building, Shaddock said.
But the list of needs is still long.
The Brewton YMCA serves so many people, with fees that are among the lowest in our region.
The capital campaign aims to raise $500,000, and the YMCA is off to a good start now.
We hope that everyone who enjoys the facility and has the means will help give to the project.
Our jewel is one of the best ways we can showcase Brewton to visitors and potential residents - we need to keep it shining.
Kerry Whipple Bean is publisher of The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 251-867-4876 or by e-mail at kerry.bean@brewtonstandard.com.