Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Makes West End YMCA More Accessible



    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - The West End YMCA will reach out to even more
people thanks to a $98,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
Tony Ruprecht, MPP for Davenport, Rosario Marchese, MPP for Trinity-Spadina,
and Hugh Furneaux, an OTF Grant Review Team member, gathered today at the West
End YMCA to officially congratulate the organization on a grant that will
allow them to create an accessible community space.
    "I am delighted that the YMCA will have an additional meeting and program
room," said Ruprecht. "It is another example of the Association's ability to
meet the needs of our community."
    "The YMCA plays a strong role in keeping our community strong," said
Marchese. "Thanks to OTF funding our community will also benefit from this new
space."
    The facility, which has been serving the West End community for nearly a
century, will benefit from $7.5 million of improvements in total. This will
allow the YMCA to serve more members, including children and youth, in this
diverse and growing community.
    The six-month, $98,000 OTF grant, made in June 2007, will help support
the creation of a barrier-free community meeting and program space, free of
charge, that responds to an identified resource gap in the downtown west
Toronto community.
    "For 95 years this facility has been building strong kids, strong
families and strong communities," said Scott Haldane, President and CEO of the
YMCA of Greater Toronto. "Through the support of the Ontario Trillium
Foundation and others, including our staff and volunteers, we are committed to
continuing that tradition."
    "The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the YMCA share a commitment to
accessible community spaces." said Helen Burstyn, Chair of the OTF Board of
Directors. "By providing a barrier-free space for people to come together, the
West End YMCA continues to enhance the strength of the community."

    Serving over 400,000 members at more than 240 program sites throughout
the GTA, the YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity focused on community support
and development. The Association's aim is to provide every individual in the
community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and
leadership. By making connections, collaborating and mirroring the region's
diversity, the YMCA believes it can become the network that binds many
neighbourhoods into one city, one country and one world.

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of
Ontario. 2007 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
For the past quarter century, it has supported the growth and vitality of
communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of
the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For
more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.





For further information:

For further information: Steven Heipel, Vice-President, Communications,
YMCA of Greater Toronto, (416) 413-1020 ext. 2115, steven.heipel@ymcagta.org

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