Spring Valley Y Seeks Special Needs Program Funds

ROYERSFORD PA – Ability programs for children with special needs, offered by the Spring Valley YMCA (at top), are the focus of its fund-raising efforts Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2022) on what is known nationally as “Giving Tuesday.” The annual event is intended to recognize the work of, and financially support, non-profit organizations.

The Spring Valley Y “serves the local special needs community with a deep roster of programs aimed at keeping it healthy, active and (locally) connected, Executive Director Katie Koch said. They include:

  • Ability swim lessons, which teaches approximately 300 young people annually to safely enjoy aquatics;
  • Shooting Stars, a basketball-focused program offered free to more than 40 participants between ages 6 and 21;
  • The STEP Program, which supports special needs 16 to 21-year-olds to volunteer at the Y and develop critical life and employment skills;
  • Monthly wellness programs, in partnership with the Spring-Ford School District, for special needs youths in grades 7 and 8; and
  • A partnership with the Special Olympics PA Power Lifting team, to help their athletes prepare for competitions.

“We’re enormously proud of our history of serving the special needs community, and we’re hoping to be able to do much more” with additional funding, Koch said. “Our goal is to expand or reignite programs that further our impact. These programs often require specially-trained staff and additional manpower.”

Individuals interested in contributing can do so in person at the YMCA, 19 W. Linfield-Trappe Rd., or by using Venmo online, here.

Photo provided by the Greater Philadelphia YMCA