Carrie Arsenault, Marketing and Development Fund Director for the Kennebec Valley YMCA
At the Kennbec Valley YMCA, everything we do is in support of our cause, to strengthen our community. Every day, we strive to do just that, by providing the community with an inspirational environment for the enrichment of all people through social, recreational, and learning activities. Our Y works to ensure that all individuals have the support they need to achieve their full potential by providing services addressing our most critical social issues. One example is our new Literacy Cabin at Camp KV. This cabin provides a place for children to decrease their summer learning gap by incorporating literacy based activities into the Camp KV experience. Recently, our 1st and 2nd graders read the book “What if you had animal ears” by Sandra Markle. Then then each chose an animal and drew a picture of themselves with the ears of that animal and followed that with a nature walk. Throughout the walk, they discussed what they could hear if they had their animal ears on and which ears could hear the most, such as a mouse versus an elephant. Activities such as these combine literacy with nature, making it not only educational, but fun for the children to take part in. This is summer learning at its best.
The Kennebec Valley YMCA is located at 31 Union Street in Augusta, 40 Granite Hill Road in Manchester and Camp KV in Readfield. We focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Every year, we conduct an Annual Campaign, which supports our efforts in providing scholarships to members of our community for memberships, programming such as swim lessons, diabetes prevention and youth sports, and Camp KV, so all children can have the opportunity to make memories and pretend to have animal ears. In 2015, we awarded over $220,000.
Those interested in learning more about the Kennebec Valley YMCA can visit our website at www.kvymca.org or call 622-YMCA.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net