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YMCA Receives Grant to Support Youth Mentoring Program

WHEELING – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant Thursday to the YMCA of Wheeling to support its “Y 4 Life” program.

The initiative is a mentoring program for seventh- and eighth-grade students that prepares them for the transition to high school.

“The Wheeling YMCA is extremely thankful for Walmart’s commitment to the youth of our community,” Wheeling YMCA Executive Director Adam Shinsky said. “Their generosity will allow us to continue to serve more and more youth, while promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also presented grants totaling $27,500 to three other West Virginia area YMCA branches to support local youth development and educational programs in the communities they serve. The grants were announced Thursday during an event at the Charleston Family YMCA with representatives from several Walmart stores throughout West Virginia.

“Helping organizations that help others to live better is very important to Walmart and the Walmart Foundation,” said Tina Rodriguez, regional general manager for Walmart in West Virginia. “Our associates take a lot of pride having the opportunity to support those organizations that make a significant difference throughout West Virginia whether it’s fighting hunger, providing educational opportunities for our children or supporting our military families.”

The other facilities that received Walmart Foundation grants were the Charleston Family YMCA, $10,000 to support its special needs athletic program and the summer tennis program; YMCA of Huntington, $10,000 in support of its Fueling Kids for Success initiative; and the Southern West Virginia YMCA, $7,500 to support its umbrella of youth development programs.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving – hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, workforce development and education. In 2019, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated more than $10.1 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups in West Virginia that are positioned to address the needs of communities throughout the state.

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