Family programming in Riverside, Iowa
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Over the 15 years I have lived in Riverside, Iowa, I have heard comments about the need for family programs. Currently the Washington YMCA is providing programs for families and their children in the surrounding communities inside city boundaries. On January 19, 2015 I will be speaking to the Riverside City Council in hopes to provide a voice that will allow the council to understand the need for family programming in our town, this will begin with the expansion of the YMCA summer programming in the town. In addition to the day camps, YMCA will be providing a summer long camp. This will include the day trips, swim lessons and amazing programs for elementary aged kids to attend during the summer.
The YMCA has a history of providing numerous programs and activities for families and slowly they are creating a larger presence in Riverside. If you agree there is a need for some family programming within in Riverside, please take the time to sign the petition. The goal is to provide the City Council with a voice of the citizens to a need for our community.
Please know this meeting will be to discuss whether or not the YMCA will be able to receive funding to support the community needs for the summer. I have provided the information to the YMCA to have the flexibility for the summer programs especially for trips to allow community members to attend and not have to attend the camp on a daily basis. I believe YMCA can provide programming that will meet the needs of our community and remain flexibile.
It is time for our community to gain the programming that we deserve, the YMCA has brought basketball, soccer and day camps to the community, it would be great to open the doors and allow for other programs to be introduced. The council needs to understand that although we may not participate in all activities or programs we do want something in our town to provide us with the option. The YMCA provides us with the option.
I ask that you sign the petition to provide the voice that the council needs to hear that our community needs something more and here is an organization willing to come in and provide it to us in our own community!