Safety Around Water at the Glenville YMCA

By Donna Gigone

A family with five children ranging 3-14 years old, came to the Glenville YMCA pool last week for recreational swimming.  They were informed that lessons were about to begin and the pool would be closing in five minutes.  We thought they would be upset as they went over to tell their mom.  Instead the oldest child came back to the staff and asked if there was any room in swim lessons because none of them know how to swim.  Without hesitation our staff enrolled them in lessons on the spot and put them in the appropriate age groups.  The mom was thrilled beyond belief but were concerned on being able to pay for the lessons.  She was told not to worry and we could figure that out later.  The siblings are in real need of swimming skills, continue to come for group lessons and are making steady progress.  That day, at the Glenville Y we probably saved a life.

The world is 71% water and children are 100% curious.  Every day, we provide children with critically needed water safety skills.  For children 1 to 14 years old, fatal drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death.  With your help, we’re providing swim instruction to children and adults from diverse backgrounds and communities.  Many of these children and adults are only learning these skills because of the Y’s commitment.

The Annual Support Campaign at the Glenville Y will raise $89,000 this year to give back to the community, just like that family.  It is through the generous donations of our members, community members and local businesses that make this possible.  We’re building a Stronger Community in Glenville.

Your support is helping us build a stronger community one family, one child, and one senior at a time.  With your help, every day we’re providing safe, welcoming care to children whose parents have lost their jobs, to adults who have survived cancer and to seniors who have no family of their own and rely on us for fellowship.  Every day, you’re helping your Y make a real difference in our community.

Together, we’re building a stronger Glenville.  If you would like to join us and make your donation or to learn more about swim lessons, please contact me.

Donna Gigone, Executive Director at or go directly to  Thank you!

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