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Chamber of Commerce learns about YMCA

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer spoke at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday. [Order this photo]
At Tuesday's Chamber of Commerce meeting, YMCA of Clay County CEO Deborah Plummer gave those in attendance an update on the organization.

Plummer touched on the XRKADE, which gets children to exercise using unconventional methods.

"It's an area where kids can exercise and not even know it," Plummer said. "We have things like the XBOX with Kinect, where (the kids) are the controller. (We have) digital dance revolution, (and) we have Lightspace.

"All of these things are things that the kids have to interact with physically for the game to play. It's not just sitting at home watching video games -- it's playing. "

Plummer said the Y doesn't only offer programs designed for kids.

"We also do things for adults," Plummer said, "(like) our adult basketball programs, softball and also volleyball programs."

Plummer said during the month of February, the Y conducts a fundraising campaign called "The Strong Kids Campaign."

"Our goal for our Strong Kids Campaign this year is $50,000 because that's what we use." Plummer said. "We are approaching that goal, but we're not there yet.

"We provide opportunities for people in the community to give back through the YMCA. You don't have to send (money) overseas to help kids that are in need, we have them right here in the community."

Another way the Y helps out those in the area in financial need is through its financial assistance program.

"Social responsibility is another key area for us," Plummer said. "One of our biggest programs in this area is our financial assistance program.

"We're able to help people have access to valuable Y programs even if their income is limited."

Plummer said the assistance program, which offers reduced rates to families, is based on family size and monthly income.

Plummer said the Y affects one in five people in Clay County, and to give a more visible example of how the Y can affect people, Plummer invited Y member Ryan Daffer to share his story.

At one point, Daffer weighed over 700 pounds, but he decided to make a change in his life, and with the help of the Y he has now lost to this date, nearly 460 pounds.

Plummer stressed that the Y is an entity designed to affect the entire community.

"The Y is not just a place to work out, (it's) not just a place for kid's programs, it's not just a place to go and play basketball," Plummer said, "it's really something to affect the entire community -- that's what makes it unique."

Plummer said the Y is also beginning to reach out to surrounding communities, like Vigo County.

When the Riverbank Family and Fitness Center, Terre Haute, closed in December of 2010, Plummer and the Y offered those members free usage until the end of the year.

Plummer said her next idea was to open a YMCA in Vigo County, and she began to do research on what it would take to expand and offer services to that community.

Plummer said the Y was chosen as a partner by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Board to return the Riverbank facility to community us, and the Y secured a three-year lease on the Riverbank building located at 951 Dresser Drive, Fairbanks Park, Terre Haute.

Plummer said she wanted to make sure people in Clay County understood that the opening of the new building would not affect the local Y.

According to Plummer, the opening of the facility in Terre Haute is scheduled for early April.

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