WHO WE ARE
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Pike County YMCA emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2000, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. With programs like Hurt To Hope, Healthy Escape, Personal Pricing, Recovery Plus and Before and After School, we put our efforts towards bettering our community and creating a positive, safe place for all.
During the pandemic, not only were many places in need, but the smaller "rural" areas were hit especially hard, being that Pike County was already a place in need before the pandemic hit. The CEO Kim Conley, got in touch with Farmer's to Families and started her mission to step-in and help. Starting in September of 2020, the Y began passing out Food Boxes to the community. With the help of the recovery council, local businesses, and Y staff, over 40,000 boxes were passed out until the program ended in May.
Waverly Nutrition lending a helping hand
Kim Conley receiving the Social Responsibility award presented by the Ohio Alliance of YMCA'S
The Recovery Council making things happen!
Hurt to Hope
In an effort to interrupt a cycle and provide leadership for a cultural change. The Pike County YMCA has embarked on 2 overlapping projects. Hurt to Hope (named after a Waverly Jr High student who committed suicide in 2017, Ms. Katelyn Hurt) and Healthy Escape which is a program for affected families. For affected youth, the programs are designed to provide a safe place to come after school, on weekends, and during the summer for meals, emotional support, behavioral and clinical services through partnerships with local mental health providers, and activities for enjoyment and enrichment. The programs are thriving serving 110 students throughout Pike County. In order to engage as many children as possible we are providing a family membership to those caregivers/grand/great-parents that are raising at risk children birth to 12. This provides opportunity for support groups, resources and by participating in YMCA activities. Our ability to provide programs needed to improve the health and wellness of our residents while providing the youth of our community with a chance at success both in school and life is directly proportional to the success of securing the financial support needed in an economically depressed area of Appalachia.
"The Y is a powerful association of men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. Through Youth Development we nurture the potential of every child and teen. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. We cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Provide individuals an opportunity for Healthy Living and improve the nation’s health and well-being. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. As a result, millions of youth, adults and families are receiving the support, guidance and resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body. With Social Responsibility we can give back and provide support to our neighbors, thus empowering those around us to be healthy, confident, connected and secure."
-Kim Conley, CEO