Login NowClose 
Sign In to ftimes.com           
Forgot Password
or if you have not registered since 8/22/18
Click Here to Create an Account
Close

Clinton County YMCA aims for Neighborhood Assist Grant

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

The Clinton County Family YMCA in running for a Steve Farm The Clinton County Family YMCA in running for a Steve Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant which would allow it to offer complimentary memberships to the over 100 students enrolled at The Crossing for the year. Out of 2,000 applicants, the YMCA located at 950 S. Maish Road in Frankfort has made the final 200. State Farm will award a 25,000 grant to each of the top 40 causes, which will be voted for by the general public from Aug. 14 to Aug. 23.

“This grant idea stems from a partnership we had with The Crossing last year,” Clinton County Family YMCA CEO Tristen Comegys said. “(School administrator) Marissa Mills approached us, and some of their student needed to obtain a gym credit to graduate high school. (Program Director) Amanda (Harness) would work with them and essentially was their PE teacher.

“Those kids had a great time and got a lot out of it,” she added. “Coming to the Y was also used as an incentive. If they were doing really well, they were allowed to come to the Y on Fridays. When we had the opportunity to submit a proposal of some kind, we wanted it to go toward something that we were already doing.”

Now, Comegys hopes to extend that impact from a few kids for 40 days to all The Crossing students all year round.

“This program will increase their confidence and educate them on healthier lifestyle choices which will increase their opportunities for future success,” she said. “The second area of impact would be a heightened community awareness of substance abuse prevention among youth and an alternative wellness approach for those recovering from substance abuse. This grant would create buzz in our community about taking a wellness and hands-on education approach.”

The public can vote at www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2024135 starting on Aug. 14, and each person may vote up to 10 times per day. The top 40 vote-getters will be announced on Sept. 25

“There will be a vote button there starting Aug. 14,” Comegys said. “The only way we can win is if we are in the top 40 of community votes. People outside of our community can also vote, so share with your friends and people in their workplace because $25,00 can go a long way for the Y and for those kids.” which would allow it to offer complimentary memberships to the over 100 students enrolled at The Crossing for the year. Out of 2,000 applicants, the YMCA located at 950 S. Maish Road in Frankfort has made the final 200. State Farm will award a 25,000 grant to each of the top 40 causes, which will be voted for by the general public from Aug. 14 to Aug. 23.

“This grant idea stems from a partnership we had with The Crossing last year,” Clinton County Family YMCA CEO Tristen Comegys said. “(School administrator) Marissa Mills approached us, and some of their student needed to obtain a gym credit to graduate high school. (Program Director) Amanda (Harness) would work with them and essentially was their PE teacher.

“Those kids had a great time and got a lot out of it,” she added. “Coming to the Y was also used as an incentive. If they were doing really well, they were allowed to come to the Y on Fridays. When we had the opportunity to submit a proposal of some kind, we wanted it to go toward something that we were already doing.”

Now, Comegys hopes to extend that impact from a few kids for 40 days to all The Crossing students all year round.

“This program will increase their confidence and educate them on healthier lifestyle choices which will increase their opportunities for future success,” she said. “The second area of impact would be a heightened community awareness of substance abuse prevention among youth and an alternative wellness approach for those recovering from substance abuse. This grant would create buzz in our community about taking a wellness and hands-on education approach.”

The public can vote at www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2024135 starting on Aug. 14, and each person may vote up to 10 times per day. The top 40 vote-getters will be announced on Sept. 25

“There will be a vote button there starting Aug. 14,” Comegys said. “The only way we can win is if we are in the top 40 of community votes. People outside of our community can also vote, so share with your friends and people in their workplace because $25,00 can go a long way for the Y and for those kids.”