As the secondary beneficiary of Hollingsworth Funds, the YMCA of Greenville receives 10% of our annual contributions to support the Y’s ongoing operating, programming and capital needs. With its core focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y serves approximately 48,000 members and 60,000 program participants annually across Greenville County and it plays an important role in increasing the economic mobility of Greenville’s youth.
The Y recently began implementing its new strategic plan with an emphasis on diverse, underserved populations. Two examples of this work include community outreach to Latino children and families through bilingual program staff, and youth sports collaboration with Sterling and Judson communities. The YMCA has also offered more services to children with diverse abilities such as wheelchair basketball, exercise therapy for adults with Parkinson’s disease, and post-rehab for cancer patients.
Hollingsworth Funds’ Involvement
As part of Hollingsworth Funds support in 2016, the Y’s Judson Community Child Development Center was able to underwrite the cost of service for 35 preschool children, 55 after school children and 105 summer camp children – these numbers represent 195 families with demonstrated need in a community with very few caregiving options for their children. In addition, the Y was able to underwrite the Teen Achievers mentoring program that is provided to 423 predominately low-income students in area schools.
The Y has also been engaged in continuous capital development efforts around Greenville County for nearly ten consecutive years. Recent capital improvements have focused on the Caine Halter Y, the GHS Y, new 10-acre property acquisition at GHS, and renovations to Camp Greenville. Exciting changes occurred at Camp Greenville with the completion of the new GHS Health Center, the Timmons Welcome Center, and installation of the new water/treatment system designed to accommodate camp growth for years to come. The next phase will see construction on program facilities, new waterfront and swimming areas at Lake Sudie, along with camper cabins and staff housing underway.
Activities that may be less visible but are nonetheless vital to the Y’s success are the third-party survey work it does every year to evaluate and improve its programs and services, to remain relevant in planning and to conduct capital expansion responsibly. In addition, the Y recently committed to multiple association training programs led by Y-USA to become a designated Global Center of Excellence. This is a national YMCA designation that reflects its commitment to becoming an exemplary, diverse charity through programs and practices of working with many different cultures to help everyone grow in spirit, mind, and body.
Similar to our relationship with Furman, Hollingsworth Funds and the Y are constantly working together to identify ways we can more thoughtfully invest in the Greenville community. Our leadership also meets regularly to evaluate opportunities. Recently we worked together to help incubate and ultimately spinout LiveWell Greenville into a successful, independent nonprofit organization impacting systems-level change in healthy eating and active living.