Dear Y Members and Friends,
We are writing today, to give thanks and share firsthand what AMAZING outcomes can happen when we (non profits and businesses alike) work together on behalf of our entire community.
In 2015, the CLC YMCA Board and Staff made collaborations and partnerships a strategic priority. The partnerships we have engaged in are numerous and range from programs to transportation, services to special events. We wish to thank ALL of our community partners and highlight our most recent three.
We give thanks to Andrew Fenniman and the Lincoln Theater Board of Directors for allowing our Y youth to perform on the “BIG” stage. Last spring the Y held two performances of Winnie the Pooh and just two weeks ago, two evening performances of 101 Dalmatians. 18 local youth were cast in the most recent show and 370 tickets were sold at the Lincoln Theater door. This spring we will once again partner with the Lincoln Theater on a musical called I Love Maine held over an entire weekend in April. The Y led cast will be comprised of K-12 grade students from both the Damariscotta area as well as the Boothbay Region. The goal is to provide a year round, high quality youth feeder program for theatrical arts and we could not do so without our partners at the Lincoln Theater.
We give thanks to Andy McEvoy and the Hidden Valley Nature Center Board of Directors. This fall, in partnership with the HVNC as well as the Maine Winter Sports Center the CLC YMCA ran a Mountain Bike Riding and Instruction program for youth grades 6-8. The Y filled an entire Y bus and drove them weekly to HVNC. MWSC Instructors Lauren Jacobs and John Firmin lead the rides. On Veterans Day, the Y opened its doors to HVNC so they could hold their XCountry Ski Rental program pick up day. Over 60 pair of skis, poles and boots were leased to community area youth for just $65 for the season via HVNC at the YMCA. Next up…a snowshoeing program as well as a XCountry ski program.
We give thanks to our local Rotary Clubs for asking the Y to partner in a special event to combat food insecurity. On a Sunday afternoon in November, over 100 volunteers from two Rotary clubs and our Y gathered at the CLC YMCA to package nearly 38,000 meals for our local community members in need. As food was being measured, weighed, packaged and boxed, local food pantries were arriving to pick up the goods for community members in need.
As we come to the close of 2015 and the beginning of a new year, we take pride in knowing our Y can make the most impact when we create and we work together in partnership with others. Thank you to our partners for helping us improve the quality of life for ALL by being the champion for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
Meagan G. Hamblett, CEO
Dennis Anderson, Board President