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June 12, 2008

United Way Partners With New Soundview Family YMCA in Branford

June 12, 2008

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New Haven (June 12, 2008)- United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) has joined in a partnership with the Soundview Family YMCA in Branford. Building on the new YMCA is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009. Key elements of the partnership include a total pledge of $100,000 from UWGNH over the next four years, a United Way office within the YMCA building, and an agreement to work together to create programs to support early childhood learning, including parenting programs, at the YMCA.

“After forty years of talking about creating a community center, purchasing the land made the YMCA a reality. Partnering with United Way truly validates the Soundview Family YMCA and makes me hopeful that this will make a difference in the lives of the people in the area,” said Doug Shaw, executive director of the Soundview Family YMCA.

The Soundview YMCA capital campaign will publicly kick off at the end of June. The financial goal is $10 million, with $6 million already collected from private donations. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall.

“This partnership is totally in line with United Way’s work to bring communities together, to bring families together, and provide resources to help them grow, learn, and be healthy,“ said Jack Healy, CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven.

The Soundview Family YMCA will serve the communities of Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison and North Branford. The new Soundview Family YMCA will offer a fitness and weight room, two swimming pools for competitive and recreational swimmers, aquatic classes, a teen center, sports courts, and a childcare center.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. Together with community partners, United Way identifies our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raises dollars and invest those dollars for results and connects people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.

More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

About Shoreline YMCA:
The Soundview Family YMCA presently serves over 3000 members through our summer day camps, aquatic swim lessons, aquatic exercise classes, sailing lessons, sports, pre-school, youth and teen programs and so much more………..Imagine how many shoreline residents we will serve when our facility is built!

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