Huron Youth Access Possibilities through Support from United Way Perth-Huron
The Recreation, Arts and Sports (RASP) program is a youth program facilitated by the Goderich-Huron YMCA, with the assistance of several local community partners, to deliver sport, art and recreational activities for youth in Huron facing financial barriers. The program helps with financial funding up to $500 annually per child ages 0-17 to cover equipment and supply needs, registration fees, and safe transportation options.
Jenn Evans of the YMCA in Goderich shared “I have been very fortunate to see the possibilities in our youth with the support of the RASP program. For instance, a young man that wanted to participate with his friends playing basketball now has the opportunity to be included as RASP funding was available to reduce the financial barrier. This program would not be possible without the ongoing support of the United Way Perth- Huron.”
RASP has assisted 420 children since it started three years ago, including Meredith and her two boys. “I was working two part-time jobs and a variety of shifts”, shared Meredith, “there just wasn’t enough to cover sports fees and I wanted my kids to be active and included in the community. “ RASP gave Meredith’s children the opportunity to try out a couple of different activities to see which one best fit, without wasting money and support. She has since shared her positive experience with the staff at the YMCA and how they made her feel empowered, “I do know how stressful and embarrassing asking for financial support can be, but they made the process better. There was no judgement and they were always focused on the kids.” The known benefit of sport, arts and recreational activities in children’s lives include increased self-esteem and other positive effects on mental health as well as physical improvements to health.
United Way Perth-Huron supports close to 50 similar partners across Perth and Huron Counties creating Strong Communities, Helping Kids Be All They Can Be, and assisting people to move from Poverty to Possibility. “As fundraising dollars are behind this year, it is imperative for United Way Perth-Huron to meet our financial goal,” says Carolynne Champagne of United Way, “These funds are required for us to continue providing the financial, marketing and advocacy assistance we deliver to our supported partners, enabling these much-needed services to continue benefitting the people in our communities. Please be a part of the solution and donate to the United Way Campaign. You’re helping your local community, neighbours, friends and family by doing so.”
For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, please call 1-877-818-8867 or 271-7730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.