YMCA seeks support for play space expansion

Joel van der Veen
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The Moose Jaw Family YMCA is asking for support as it competes for a grant from the Aviva Community Fund for a project for the Strong Start Family Centre.

The centre, located at 679 Hall St. W., hopes to provide an expanded play space that can be used by families with children up to five years of age.

Communications and funds development co-ordinator Corinne Damaskie said the space could be used year-round by children from Moose Jaw and the surrounding area.

This will also help parents to ensure their kids are receiving the recommended amount of physical activity on a daily basis. The plan is to expand the current play space from 900 square feet to 2,400 square feet.

Damaskie also expects the expansion would allow the centre to increase its hours of drop-in time and the amount of programming available.

According to the YMCA’s online submission, organizers are aiming to receive between $50,000 and $100,000 from the fund for the expansion project.

Aviva Insurance is still welcoming proposals and ideas for its Community Fund until Oct. 15. The company has announced it will give away a total of $1 million toward “ideas to create positive change in Canada.”

Among the criteria: the ideas must be “action-oriented,” suited to a budget of $150,000 or less, and achievable by the deadline of December 2013.

People interested in voting can register at the fund website, avivacommunityfund.org, or use their Facebook accounts to connect with the site. They can then vote during the qualifying rounds and the semi-final phase of the competition.

A total of 90 semi-finalists will be selected during the qualifying rounds, while a semi-final round is used to decide 30 finalists, each of which will receive a minimum of $5,000.

The site states that up to $150,000 will be reserved for a specially-selected project supported by an Aviva broker, while an equivalent amount will be reserved for a project targeting at-risk youth.

To vote directly for the YMCA project, direct your browser to avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf14813.

Organizations: YMCA, Aviva Community Fund, Strong Start Family Centre Aviva Insurance

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada

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