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October 24, 2012   Email to Friend 

Farmers Federation announces new benefit with YMCA
Miranda Mattheis

The Alabama Farmers Federation is introducing another benefit for its members — this time at Alabama YMCA locations. While the YMCA has a reputation as a place offering fitness activities, that is just the beginning of the many programs available at the Y’s across the state.

Members receive exclusive savings through reduced joining fees at any YMCA in Alabama. To obtain these savings, members simply show their Federation membership card when signing up for YMCA membership and receive a minimum benefit of $25 toward joining fees.

“YMCAs in Alabama provide invaluable programs to families in communities of all sizes across the state,” said Marc Pearson, Alfa’s director of membership. “Both of our organizations have similar passions about improving the lives of Alabamians, so it seemed like a natural fit to pursue this partnership.”

The Chilton County YMCA has made powerful changes to the small town of Clanton, Ala. It brings opportunities to the people in the community through its numerous programs, including gymnastics, youth soccer, youth basketball, adult flag football, arthritis programs, summer camp, baton and more.

“A small town Y carries a slightly different set of responsibilities than some of our larger counterparts,” said Mary Beth Wyatt, CEO of the Chilton County YMCA. “A small town Y is the heartbeat of the community. We represent hope, life and strength. We are a friend to the only child being raised by his grandmother who never misses a day of summer camp. We are the stable home for the foster child whose surroundings constantly change. We are family to the senior lady whose birthday we celebrate.”

Wyatt brings a new and exciting energy to the Chilton County YMCA, one that is needed and appreciated in the community.

“Our Y benefits the community by offering a stable, active environment for families, individuals and youth to grow and prosper,” Wyatt said. “The residents of Chilton County also benefit indirectly from the Y. Having a Y makes a community more attractive for economic development. Our community is blessed to have a Y.”

Mark Hanke, CEO of the YMCA of South Alabama and chairman of the Alabama Alliance of YMCAs, hopes the benefit will have a powerful impact across the state.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time that the YMCAs have collectively offered something like this to an organization statewide,” Hanke said. “All of our YMCAs are in agreement and have joined forces with us, and we think the benefit to Alabamians will be tremendous. I hope this partnership with the Alabama Farmers Federation helps us to really show the state of Alabama the impact a YMCA can have in its community.”

For more information on the YMCA member benefit, contact your local YMCA. To locate your local Y, visit www.ymca.net/find-your-y.

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