LYNCHBURG, Va. – The YMCA isn’t just about the gym and swimming.
For the YMCA of Central Virginia, the empowering message of a new initiative is in the name: “Give Back, Do Good.”
The program launched at the start of the year. The goal is to support a different nonprofit or cause.
For January, the Y is hosting a coat drive for Lynchburg City Public Schools and the local Salvation Army. They’ve already been able to deliver 100 new and gently used coats along with some hats and gloves. They are taking donations until the end of the month.
Students are no longer able to drink directly from water fountains due to the pandemic so the Y is also collecting reusable water bottles.
The initiative has also been able to donate coats to the Salvation Army.
CEO Jay Park said the success they are seeing with the program is coming from the community really stepping up.