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  • The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs to Celebrate the Y’s 175th Birthday

    DUNMORE/WILKES-BARRE, 05/31/2019 - June 6 marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the YMCA in London, England. To celebrate 175 years of serving communities, The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs, and Ys around the world, are celebrating with parties and 175-minutes of volunteering!
    On June 6th at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, a breakfast of coffee and pastries will be served from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and lunch, including a birthday cake, will be served from 12:00-1:00 p.m. At the Greater Scranton YMCA, coffee will be served throughout the day, with cake being served at noon. All Y members are welcome. Also on June 6th, Greater Scranton YMCA staff will plant flowers and children in the Early Learning Center will plant vegetables.
    At the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA on Saturday, June 8th, volunteer opportunities, which will last 175 minutes in celebration of the Y’s 175th birthday, include painting, a riverfront clean-up and more and will be available from 9:00 a.m. through noon. To register, visit the Y in person or go to www.wbymca.org.
    “The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are thrilled to participate in volunteer initiatives as part of the Y’s 175th birthday celebration,” said Jim Thomas, Executive Director, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.
    “The YMCA was founded in 1844 by a group of volunteers who wanted to improve lives and strengthen their community and to this day, the transformational work of the YMCA worldwide is only possible through the efforts of volunteers,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA.

    About the Y
    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
    www.wbymca.org / www.greaterscrantonymca.org

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