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A word of thanks / November 13, 2014

Dear Viewpoint:

As the Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of South Boston and Halifax County, I am consistently in the presence of youth. Frequently, they have referred to me as the owner of the Y. I, in return, inform them they are the owners of the Y and I work for you. The South Boston and Halifax County community owns the Y. We are an organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The “for all” part is key. We welcome all incomes, ages and abilities. Our YMCA serves more than 3000 people. We bring together young and old, men and women, people of all faiths, backgrounds and incomes. We provide scholarships, underwritten or sponsored programs, and services for children, youth, and families. We are able to do this by targeting areas of concern in our community while being led by our volunteer board of directors and supported by our members and financial stakeholders.

In order to do what we do and keep our prices reasonable for all, we rely heavily on the goodwill of community minded organizations. These organizations have helped us tremendously over the years and the YMCA would not be here without their support. Some organizations help with funds to keep specific programs running, some help with overall needs of the YMCA and some help with specific projects.

I want to publicly thank some of our long term key supporters for their generosity and support:

Halifax Regional Health System
The Chastain Foundation
The Town of South Boston
Halifax County Board of Supervisors
Halifax County Chamber of Commerce
Halifax County School System
Comfort Systems USA
Dollar General
Southside Community Service Board
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative
J.E. Burton Construction

In particular, I want to thank Halifax Regional Health System for helping to keep our Y relevant for decades. Our meetings with senior leadership at the hospital led to efforts expanding wellness opportunities for cardio rehabilitation patients, overweight and obese youth and hundreds of their employees and families. Their sponsorship of outreach opportunities such as breast-feeding classes, stroke/aphasia support, 5K races, Healthy Kids Day and Active Older Adults Day have led to impacting the lives of thousands of South Boston and Halifax County individuals. As one of the largest employers in our area, Halifax Regional Healthy System is an example of how to be a good community steward and corporate citizen.

Recently, we have had renewed interest from the community as a whole in our YMCA facility. The efforts of our Board of Directors and many local companies have enabled us to spruce up our aging facility. Special thanks to the following companies for their assistance in this:

R.A. Whitlow Painting & Sanding
W.R. Snead Painting
Sherwin Williams
Dailey Landscape Design
Charles Anderson Lawn Care
Jerry Epps Landscaping
Reaves Lawn and Garden
Southside Nursery and Landscape
Venable’s Landscaping
Beetoobi IT Solutions
Brandon Scearce - Nationwide Insurance
Rob Land Development

Our Y may not be as large and new as some of the others in our state, but it is ours. We own it and we will grow and thrive according to the efforts of all. We are a small organization dedicated to improving youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Sincerely, Marcus M. Hargrave

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