Cuivre River grant to help youth attend YMCA camp programs

Cuivre River grant to help youth attend YMCA camp programs

The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board has awarded a $3,040 Operation Round Up grant to St. Charles County YMCA for financial assistance with their youth camp programs.

Y camps are designed to incorporate a more holistic approach to youth development by fostering three specific dimensions of well-being. The first is building skills to help children accomplish their passions, talents and potential achievements. The next is developing friendships to demonstrate the role positive relationships play in the well-being of a child. The last is creating a sense of belonging where kids feel safe, respected and can express their individuality.

Cuivre River grant to help youth attend YMCA camp programs

Executive Director Renee Tillman said, “In 2017, 341 children participated in St. Charles County Y day camp programs with 45 receiving financial assistance. Because of this grant from Cuivre River’s Operation Round Up, we will provide more than $11,000 in financial assistance this summer, ensuring that no child is turned away from our Y programs due to an inability to pay.”

The YMCA camp programs focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The children that participate in the programs are exposed to a variety of programming areas including arts, crafts, recreation, games, nature and swimming. Each camp week has a different theme where children are exposed to specific activities relating to that particular theme.

Chairman of the Board of Advisors Bill Elder stated, “This year, across the Gateway Region YMCA more than 1,032 children with disabilities enrolled in Y Club school-aged childcare and summer camp. Our Inclusion Services department works with families to provide staffing to ensure that every child is able to have a fun, meaningful experience. At the St. Charles Family Y in 2017, there were 15 summer campers receiving inclusion services addressing both sensory and safety issues. This grant ensures that we provide a 1:1 staff ratio for individuals who need it. This Operation Round Up grant will allow us to increase the number of children needing our Inclusion Services program in both our summer camps and our Y Club school-aged child care program.”

For more information on St. Charles County YMCA Day Camp, visit www.gwrymca.org or call 636-928-1928. The St. Charles County facility is located at 3900 Shady Springs Lane in St. Peters.

Grant funds come from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members who donate to the Community Trust through Operation Round Up.  Members voluntarily pay the round up amount on their monthly electric bill. The funds are administered by volunteer trustees who represent areas within St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Pike counties where Cuivre River offers electric service.

Operation Round Up addresses unmet needs in the areas of community and emergency services, home weatherization, health, youth and education. Grant applications are available at Cuivre River Electric Cooperative offices in Troy and Lake Saint Louis or by calling (636) 528-8261, (636) 695-4700, or (800) 392-3709.

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