The YMCA was founded in England in 1844 by George Williams as result of unhealthy social conditions arising in the big cities at the end of the Industrial Revolution. It was for young men who lived far from their country homes.
Over the years, fortunately, the mission has changed somewhat. The modern Y provides programs that develop spirit, mind and body and provides a safe place for children and adults.
Our Y which was established in Covington in the year 2000 has developed into an organization that not only provides safe and productive programs for the youth of our community, but a state of the art health facility that provides for the needs of the adults as well.
Since 2000, the Y has grown by leaps and bounds and is in the midst of a $3 million Outdoor Center project. Currently the Y is raising money for the first phase of this project, which is located on Ga. Highway 142 and Stone Road.
Sometime in the next two weeks dirt will begin to move on the project. The first phase fund drive goal is $1,060,000. So far $800,000 has been raised.
Sam Hay III, the chair of the fund raising project, said that he has been "overwhelmed by the community support, so far."
We agree, in these special times, that to see businesses and residents rally around this great cause is gratifying. We are very close to reaching the first phase goal. We, like Hay, have no doubt that our readers will respond in a positive way to help the Y reach its goal.
The folks at the Y are grateful for everything that has been pledged and given so far.
If you find it in your means to contribute to this outstanding cause ,whether its $5, $100 or a $1,000 contact the Y at 2140 Newton Drive, Covington, Ga. 30014. For more information about the project, call (770) 787-3908.
We are proud that an organization like the YMCA is in our community. We are even more proud of the community volunteerism that has made it a success.