The has announced a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the to expand the services it offers at five urban branches.
The funds will be used to bolster initiatives at the Hazelwood, Hill District, Hilltop, Homewood-Brushton, and McKeesport locations, including the aquatics program; Urban Gardens, which provides fresh produce in neighborhoods without a grocery store; and the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, which helps participants improve their computer skills and access online resources such as employment opportunities and health information. The funds also will be used to expand a scholarship program to ensure that families can access YMCA services regardless of income.
"The overriding objective we have with Ys participating in communities is to strengthen those communities," YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh president and CEO Rig Riggins told public radio station . "And I don't think you can do it by just a singular program. So having the matrix of programs that all work together to support families and youth in those communities is really essential."