Celebrating Donors, Volunteers, and Staff
More than 50 volunteers, community supporters, donors and employees gathered in February to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of the YMCA of Strafford County over the past year.
“Our annual meeting is an opportunity to thank and recognize the many who helped support the Y’s mission, reflect on the past year and share our vision for the future,” said Doug Currier, Branch Director. Among the many highlights of the event were special awards given to key volunteers, employees and organizations. Those recognized included:
In recognition for her contribution of time and service, Rosemary Shields was presented with Volunteer of the Year award.
In recognition for their charitable support, Waste Management was presented with Business Partner of the Year.
Frisbie Memorial Hospital and President/CEO, John Marzinzik was presented with the Community Stakeholder award in recognition for their large role in support of the Make Camp a Reality for Local Kids Campaign. Their generosity provided homeless or financially challenged children and families with a summer camp experience allowing them to create memories that will last a lifetime.
“All of our volunteers and donors are part of the foundation of our Y” Mr. Currier noted. “We can’t thank them enough for their dedicated service and support to help make the community a better place.”
Within the last year, the YMCA of Strafford County has expanded Healthy Living initiatives through its MoveWell Today program and the recent launch of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program. The branch has awarded $140,000 in financial assistance and established multiple community partnerships including Rochester Community Recovery Center, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, and the Rochester School District. Additionally, the YMCA of Strafford County raised $5,000 to send homeless or financially challenged children to camp and organized a Middle School enrichment and leadership program scheduled to launch in March.
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2015, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.55 million to 19,488 individuals. www.graniteymca.org.