Building Stronger Communities: Our Partnership with The Granite YMCA
For over 150 years, The Granite YMCA has been a cornerstone of community building and youth development in New Hampshire. With seven branches across the state, they serve members of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
While The Granite YMCA is often associated with traditional gym and fitness programs, they also provide a range of services in youth development, including early learning centers, after-school programs, and summer camps. These programs are designed to help children develop social skills, confidence, and a love for learning.
Perhaps most importantly, The Granite YMCA prioritizes providing a sense of community for its members. For many, The Granite YMCA is a community where they can connect with like-minded individuals and form lasting friendships.
The Granite YMCA and Granite United Way share a commitment to strengthening our communities and providing opportunities for growth and development. By working together, we create new resources and support those that are in need. In today's world, where the pandemic has created unprecedented challenges, partnerships like this between nonprofits are more critical than ever.
Most recently, The Granite YMCA has utilized funding grants, provided by Granite United Way donors, to offer their Parenting a Second Time Around program, which supports grandparents and guardians of children affected by the opioid crisis.
However, Granite United Way is so much more than a funder in this partnership, we are a collaborator in sharing volunteers and creating new resources and opportunities for our communities.
Through the Feeding Our Families initiative, over 250,000 meals were provided in the city of Manchester to families and students impacted by food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the Youth Enrichment Partnership, Granite United Way has connected smaller youth-serving nonprofits that offer unique programming with local youth “hubs” like The Granite YMCA, providing the kids they serve a level of exposure to opportunities like STEM and mental health support.
As New Hampshire's largest United Way, collaborations with donors, volunteers, and community partners like The Granite YMCA allow Granite United Way to support more than 600 nonprofits and help more than 400,000 people every single year.