Program for veterans celebrates partnership with YMCA in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 February 2019 at 2:46 pm

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MEDINA –  The Orleans County PFC. Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Program celebrated a busy day Saturday at the Orleans County YMCA in Medina. There were about 75 veterans and their family members at the Y.

The Orleans County PFC. Joseph P. Dwyer Volunteer Program Coordinator Catherine Schmidt joins YMCA Director Greg Reed and many local veterans and their families in this photo at the YMCA on Pearl Street.

The Peer to Peer program committed $3,200 to the Y with $1,000 going towards monthly memberships at a reduced price for veterans and their families. Another $1,500 will purchase a new obstacle bounce house to be used by not only the veterans and families, but all residents that use the Y in Orleans County. The remaining $700 goes towards two special days for veterans and their families at the Y. Saturday was the first day, and another one will be planned in the fall at a date to be determined.

The climbing wall was popular on Saturday with veterans and their family members. They also participated in board games, coloring, cards, face painting, corn hole, basketball and tours of the facility. There was coffee, water and donuts provided in the morning and pizza in the afternoon for lunch.

The new bounce house is available to everyone who uses the YMCA at the Medina location.

Several community partners attended the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist veterans and families. Orleans County Office of the Aging, Rochester Health and the Orleans County Veterans Service Agency were there to provide information and referrals to assist veterans and their families.

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