Alcoa continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Stanly County community with a $15,000 contribution to the Stanly County Family YMCA. The funds will support three signature programs that teach children to swim, provide meals to the hungry, and raise awareness about sexual abuse.
“The Y strives to make a difference every day across our community through our Signature Outreach Programs,” said George Crooker, CEO of the Stanly County Family YMCA. “With this very generous gift from Alcoa, we can continue to meet the needs of others and help make Stanly County a healthier and safer place for all.”
Alcoa’s contribution will support the following programs:
· Second Grade Learn to Swim: This program provides five weeks of swimming instruction to more than 450 second graders at eight elementary schools across Stanly County. The program is designed to reduce the risk of drowning and aligns closely with Alcoa’s ongoing efforts to promote water safety.
· The Sunday Lunch Program: This program makes a difference with a simple plate of food. The Y coordinates and serves hot meals on Sundays and holidays at the Community Table in Albemarle. In 2013, over 5,500 meals were served.
· Darkness to Light: This program raises awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. A partnership between the Y, United Way of Stanly County, Stanly County Schools, Albemarle Police Department, The Butterfly House, and the Stanly County Health Department, Darkness to Light hopes to reduce the rate of childhood sexual abuse in Stanly County by educating 2,000 adults over the next five years.
"Alcoa is proud to partner with the Stanly County Family YMCA to support their outstanding work in our community. Our donation will help teach nearly 500 young children to swim, provide meals to more than 5,500 individuals in need of food, as well as increase awareness and reduce the rate of sexual abuse across Stanly County,” said Nicole Wright of Alcoa. “Alcoa is honored to partner with the YMCA in these outreach programs, which are such an asset to our community.”
Alcoa has a long history of support community programs in Stanly County. Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation have contributed more than $4 million to worthwhile programs in the Yadkin region.