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YMCA IS FOR COMMUNITY! As a native of Culpeper, CCHS class of 1961, I have always considered Culpeper home. My family has deep roots in Culpeper, going back generations. My sisters Betsy Smith and Jane Burke, and brother Dudley live in Culpeper. I live in King George, a small County of around 25,000 residents. I serve on the King George Family YMCA Board of Directors and served on the King George Board of Supervisors for 17 years. The Years from 2000 to 2009 were very productive. We built two schools, a sherrif’s office, a fire, rescue, and emergency services facility, and an animal shelter. One of the best decisions we made in 2006 was to build the King George Family YMCA. We agreed to fund the building and provide 20 acres of land. The YMCA agreed to operate the facility, and give priority to our high school swim team for practices and meets. The YMCA lived up to its agreement and no additional funds have been provided by the County. We celebrated our 10 year anniversary in September and assessed the YMCA impact on the citizens of King George. We found that 12,400 citizens have belonged to the YMCA, 3200 adults and families received financial assistance to participate in the YMCA and YMCA programs, 2,550 second graders participated in the YMCA learn to swim program, 740 youth attended the before and after school program, 650 youth had a safe and fun summer in day camp, 360 at risk youth gained skills over the Summer and had no learning loss in the YMCA achievement gap program, 635 at risk youth were ready for school through the YMCA Bright Beginnings program, and 210 adults learned to swim. Programs for adults and senior citizens included Empower Program for post stroke patients, Cancer Care program for cancer survivors, blood pressure programs for patients with heart issues, Y-Change Diabetes program, therapeutic movement classes, and special needs programs. The YMCA has lived up to its commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA has touched almost every demographic in King George County, and we are better for it. The citizens of King George have benefited greatly from the YMCA and I’m confident that the citizens of Culpeper will as well. Jim Howard Member, Board of Directors King George Family YMCA Culpeper Native

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