The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is very pleased to announce that Meijer has made a very generous donation to the residents of northern Kent County by contributing $100,000 to the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA located in Belmont.
The six figure amount is allocated to the 2007 expansion of 14,000 square feet which was needed just two years after the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA opened in 2005. “Meijer understands the value that a strong YMCA brings to the community it serves by providing a solid foundation based on positive activities and programs. Meijer also appreciates the fact that a strong, healthy and vibrant community benefits all area residents and the YMCA’s mission is a critical part of a positive community equation,” said Stacie Behler, vice president, corporate communications and public affairs at Meijer.
Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA serves 7,700 members and provides the northern Kent County residents with more than 200 wide-ranging programs. Originally built in 2005, it became quickly apparent that an additional 14,000 square foot expansion was needed to fill the high demand for a health, wellness and fitness facility that would meet the need of the growing northern Kent County corridor.
“We are thrilled to receive such a generous gift from a West Michigan original retailer like Meijer. The money will help in many ways now the expansion is complete. This gift will enable thousands of kids and families to reach their potential in spirit, mind and body in our newly expanded Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA,” said Bev Thiel, Executive Director of the facility.