YMCA trail spring cleaning

Published 7:55 am Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Southside Virginia Family YMCA and Dominion Energy recently partnered together to restore the nature trail adjacent to the YMCA’s location on Commerce Road. According to a press release the hours and labor were donated by construction crews working on Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project. In addition to helping with the trail clean up, the ACP and Dominion made a gift to the YMCA. “According to YMCA executive director, Stephen Blewett, the effort was coordinated through Dominion Energy’s external affairs representative, Sarah Perkinson and Ron Gillett, community outreach liaison for the ACP. Employees from Michels Construction and WHM, two companies contracted to work for the ACP, provided the manpower to get the trail cleared and re-opened for both YMCA members and the public to enjoy. Ronnie Modisette supervised the crew from WHM. “It’s community partnerships like these that truly make the YMCA successful,” Blewett said of the cleanup project and donations. “The Dominion and ACP contributions will play a part in helping the whole area that we serve be more successful,” he added. The release cited that the YMCA, which serves Prince Edward, Cumberland, Buckingham and Charlotte counties, is conducting a three-year capital campaign to raise $575,000. The goal is to allow the Y to maintain and expand opportunities for the people it serves. To date, the Y has collected more than $200,000 of over $500,000 already pledged., thanks to the generous support of community members and organizations. The YMCA is located at 580 Commerce Drive and is open seven days a week. For information email stephenblewett@southsidevafamilyymca.org or call (434) 392-3456.

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