YMCA Programs Expand with Foundation Support
The Shiawassee Family YMCA is growing, thanks to support from the Cook Family Foundation. A $62,834 grant is helping the Y expand its programming as part of its turnaround plan to improve both its success and sustainability. The grant funds will support the hiring of a new program director, Owosso native Jen Scarlett Lintner. She has a background in education and has been active in youth sports as a volunteer.
“I’m excited to help rebuild programs at the Shiawassee Family YMCA” says Jen Lintner. “Creating opportunities for all youth and families in our community is exciting. As we kick off our Rotary soccer season with more players than in recent seasons, we know we’re providing a quality experience for players, families, and coaches in our community. It’s all about the community.”
Already, the Shiawassee Family Y, under the leadership of Laura Burroughs, has seen program enrollment numbers rise, memberships increase, and the financial picture stabilize. Laura is starting her second year as Executive Director of the Y and has worked closely with the Foundation’s NonProfit Capacity Building Program to conduct a strategic plan, engage and energize her board, and establish new partnerships with several organizations. In addition to program support, the YMCA worked with the Foundation’s technology partner, Michigan Nonprofit Association, and the Foundation is funding computer system upgrades.
“The Y serves a vital role in our community serving youth and families” says Foundation President Bruce Cook. “We are committed to their success.”