The Heart of the Valley YMCA is grateful for a transformational gift of $2 million made possible by national philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This gift will help address emergent needs in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is one of several substantial investments made by Ms. Scott to 384 nonprofits around the country and globe.
YMCA Board Chair/Chief Volunteer Officer Frank Williams noted that Ms. Scott and her team identified organizations with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and who have a history of serving marginalized and under-served people, especially during this pandemic.
“I am especially proud of our board, volunteers and staff for their commitment to meeting the ever-changing needs of our community,” Williams said.
“We are humbled by this level of investment in our local community and the validation of the impact that our YMCA is having throughout North Alabama,” said Heart of the Valley YMCA President/CEO Jerry Courtney. “The support of our local donors and members, along with the work our staff and volunteers do every day, put us in the right place at the right time to be able to accept this amazing gift.”
“When donors make transformational gifts in local communities, generational impact takes place for decades to come,” Courtney continued.
“This gift will allow the YMCA the opportunity to continue services in academic support for vulnerable students, provide child care for working parents, and expand our rural feeding programs and our evidence-based health programs for vulnerable populations. Our YMCA will continue providing access to services through scholarships to those with financial need.”