Early Wednesday morning, August 12, 2015, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe made a large donation of $100,000 to the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, which according to the tribe acknowledges a longtime relationship and extends support to a valued member of the Snoqualmie Valley community.
“Supporting the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA Community Center is important to us,” Tribal Chairwoman Carolyn Lubenau said. “The center offers amazing activities and services, enriching the lives of those in our community by providing a gathering point and local hub for families and friends to meet.”
The $100,000 of funding will support the following three programs:
- YMCA Camp Orkila – Elementary school counselors assist YMCA staff with identifying 10 youth from each of the five elementary schools in the district (50 total students).
- Youth Institute Program at Two Rivers – A six-week summer program that gives students the ability to gain leadership skills through technology, leadership, and team building.
- Membership Support and the ability to have families participate at the YMCA and in programs at a reduced rate, giving all families in the community the ability to grow and play together.
Snoqualmie Valley YMCA Executive Director Nate Smith commented, “The YMCA is incredibly grateful for the financial support and partnership with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.
Smith explained the financial support from the Snoqualmie Tribe allows the local Y to create legacy programs that give community youth and families “the ability to have new experiences, gain new skills and meet new friends.”
Via its Facebook page, the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA said, “We are honored to be the recipients of such a generous donation… A huge thank you to the Snoqualmie Tribe.”
The Snoqualmie Valley YMCA began serving the community in January 2012. Since its opening, the branch has had one of the highest city saturation rates of YMCA’s across the country – meaning a large percentage City of Snoqualmie residents belong to their local Y.