YMCA of Central Ohio

YMCA of Central Ohio is a Kiwanis Club Centennial Grant Recipient

Kiwanis Club of Columbus Celebrates Centennial with YMCA of Central Ohio

Celebrating their historic centennial milestone at the Ohio Statehouse, the Kiwanis Club of Columbus applauded the work of four local non-profits, all of which are committed to serving central Ohio youth.  With an unprecedented investment of $100,000 beyond their annual contributions to our community, the YMCA of Central Ohio, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Columbus Children’s Choir each received grants to fulfill critical projects at their respective agencies.  Representing the YMCA of Central Ohio at the event, president and CEO Stephen Ives stated, “We are extremely privileged to be recognized by an organization like Kiwanis that intentionally focuses on youth serving organizations. We look forward to the opportunities we have in partnering with the agencies honored this evening and continuing to expand our collective impact on central Ohio youth.”

The YMCA of Central Ohio received a $30,000 grant from Kiwanis for critical updates at Hoover YMCA Park, one of the Association’s premier Day Camp locations.  This grant will allow the Y to have a greater impact on youth through expansion of its performance space for teens and renovation of the Park’s Adventure Area and Challenge Courses. An estimated 2,000 children will visit Hoover YMCA Park this summer. Through this investment, youth and teens will have unique opportunities to grow in teambuilding, trust and self-confidence.

On behalf of the YMCA of Central Ohio and all those who will enjoy their summer at Hoover YMCA Park, we are extremely grateful to the Kiwanis Club of Columbus for their generous support.  The newly renovated Adventure Areas will be named in Kiwanis’ honor.

Pictured from left to right:

Mark Swepston, President, Columbus Kiwanis Foundation, Stephen Ives, President & CEO, YMCA of Central Ohio, Pamela Biesecker, Sr. Vice President, Nationwide Insurance and Second Vice Chair YMCA of Central Ohio Metropolitan General Board, Jeff Rayis, President, Kiwanis Club of Columbus