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PA YMCAs Host Advocacy Day at State Capitol

from YMCA of Reading and Berks County

May 13, 2019

Y Leaders, Volunteers and Youth to Meet with Lawmakers; Present Legislative Awards

MIDDLETOWN, PA – The Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs will host YMCA Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Y professionals and volunteers from across the Commonwealth will visit Harrisburg to meet with state lawmakers about the Y’s legislative priorities and to showcase their successful programs.

“Our Ys are excited to visit Pennsylvania’s beautiful Capitol building to advocate on behalf of the older adults, children and families we serve in communities across Pennsylvania.” said State Alliance Chair, Kim Johnson, President and CEO of the YMCA of Reading and Berks County.

Advocacy Day attendees will meet with members of the General Assembly to discuss the Y’s legislative priorities including, child care staffing and funding for chronic disease prevention programs. A number of Ys will be displaying their programs at tables in the Capitol Rotunda.

A rally will be held at 12:00pm in the Capitol Rotunda hosted by the 73rd YMCA Youth Governor, Mr. Rishin Sharma of the Rose E. Schneider YMCA in Butler County. YMCA Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) will be making remarks.

The rally will also hear from Marcia Brickner, a cancer survivor and participant in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program through the Harrisburg Area YMCA. Her inspiring story will highlight how one of the Y’s signature healthy living programs is changing lives in the Commonwealth.

The State Alliance will be presenting a 2019 Legislative Champion Awards to State Senator John Gordner on behalf of the Berwick Area YMCA and State Representative Carolyn Comitta on behalf of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.

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 21 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. ymca.net

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