Friday, November 14, 2008

Why the Y works

As executive director of the Blaine County Hunger Coalition and a member of the YMCA, I appreciate the Y on both a personal and professional level. Being the director of a grassroots organization without a physical presence in Ketchum, I am grateful for the use of their Valley Resource Room. Designed as a resource for all community members, this room has served me well over the last year as a north valley office space, providing a place to work when I come to Ketchum for meetings or to work out at the Y. I also appreciate the free bus rides for Y members. I take advantage of the time to work while on the bus and then use the Valley Resource Room while there, giving me the ability to exercise without taking too much time out of my work day.

In addition to the Valley Resource Room, The Hunger Coalition has utilized the YMCA's other meeting rooms for monthly board meetings and board retreats. We are fortunate to have access to this free space and appreciate the efforts of the Y to collaborate with other organizations. This collaborative spirit extended to The Hunger Coalition's Summer Food Program, where we provided over 6,000 free meals to kids this summer. The Y generously offered free activities to children at this program.

I can attest to the YMCA's commitment to building strong kids, strong families and a strong community and I am grateful that they are a part of our Valley.

Jeanne Liston


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