YMCAs have three focuses: youth development, healthy lifestyles and social responsibility.
Youth development and healthy lifestyles are fairly easy to define, but what about social responsibility?
Rebecca Reed, executive director of youth development, said the Watertown YMCA was one of eight across the nation selected for a pilot program with the national YMCA to figure that out.
"It's all about strengthening communities and marshaling thousands of members to give back to the community and strengthen the place that we live," Reed said.
Click on the picture for more of the story and examples of how it's done.
For information, call or visit any of the YMCA's locations:
- Downtown, 315-782-3100
- Fairgrounds, 315-755-9622
- Carthage, 315-493-3286
Sunday, December 8, 2013, Watertown, NY