From Star Ledger today!  Great news from the 5 POINTS YMCA of Eastern Union County!

 JC PENNY AFTERSCHOOL FUND , your program is eligible if you are YMCA, Boys and Girls Club or through your United Way.


YMCA branch gets grant to provide scholarships
Fund will help struggling families send kids to after-school program

Thursday, August 30, 2007
Star-Ledger Staff

The YMCA of Eastern Union County yesterday announced that its Five Points Branch has been awarded a $10,938 grant to provide scholarships to local families who are unable to afford to send their children to the agency’s after- school program.

The money from the 2007 JCPenney Afterschool Fund will also be used to help families that are unable to continue participating in the after-school program be cause of financial hardship.

“Many of our early and after care participants live in single parent households or a home in which both parents must work more than one job to provide essential resources to their family,” said Me lynda Mileski, associate branch executive.

“We are so pleased that the JCPenney Afterschool Fund grant will give us the ability to provide several additional scholarships to families who have either been unable to utilize our program in the past or can no longer afford this service,” she said.

She said the Five Points Branch is one of 320 YMCAs nationwide to be selected to receive the grant. It will match the award with funds from its operating budget and an nual Strong Kids Campaign to provide more than $20,000 in scholarships to local families in need.

Families applying for a YMCA scholarship must complete a financial assistance application and provide required documentation.

The JCPenney Afterschool Fund grant will only be used to provide financial assistance for the school-age child care program operated by the Five Points Branch.

YMCA financial assistance ap plications are available at the Five Point Branch Welcome Center and at www.ymcaeuc.org.

The first 19 children to receive a scholarship using this funding will also receive a JC Penney gift card to be used to purchase school clothing and supplies, Mileski said.

The YMCA provides affordable care to low- and moderate-income families who require child care in order to work, go to school, or begin a job training program.

The Five Points Branch provided school-age child care to 509 children ages 5 to 12 years old dur ing the 2006-2007 school year.

The program’s curriculum includes creative, educational and recreational activities, a nutritional snack, as well as a study period in which children can receive homework assistance, according to agency officials.

The YMCA’s early and after- school care programs take place in the Kenilworth and Union elemen tary schools with early care available from 7 to 9 a.m. and after school care from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session.

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