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Congressman Bishop visits Lansing YMCA Summer Day Camp

Tuesday, September 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Congressman Bishop visits Lansing YMCA Summer Day Camp 


Lansing, MI – The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing invited Congressman Mike Bishop of Michigan’s Eighth District to spend an afternoon with the children at the Westside Community YMCA Day Camp on August 19th, to share in the fun as well as to see the positive impact that the program, staff and the organization are having on thousands of kids in the Greater Lansing area this summer. Jeff Scheibel, President and CEO of the YMCA shared with Congressman Bishop that the YMCA will provide programming for over 7,000 camper weeks in 2015 and based on community needs, that number will continue to grow each year.  Scheibel stated “that to serve this growing need, it is essential that we hire the best and the brightest staff each summer to insure an exciting and safe experience for kids.”

“I’m proud of our Lansing YMCA community for stepping up and being there for our kids and families,” said Congressman Bishop. “The YMCA’s summer programs and supportive staff ensure our children can be active and engaged all year long. As a parent of three, I’m focused on building a better and brighter future for our children. I look forward to working with this Congress to strengthen that effort.”

Congressman Bishop visited multiple sites within the Day Camp and had the opportunity to meet and interact with the staff as well as many of the children.  The YMCA recognized and encouraged Congressman Bishop to continue his leadership and support of the Child Protection Improvement Act.

The purpose of the bill is to “close a gaping hole in the federal law that prevents camps, children’s groups, and other organizations that work with children from gaining access to federal criminal background checks on employees and volunteers.” This Act would create universal access to nationwide background checks in state and FBI databases as well as cap the background checks and criminal history review at an affordable rate to ensure youth-serving organizations are provided with the lowest possible cost.

 

****About the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing

 

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare, and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing, and DeWitt. The YMCA employs nearly 500 individuals, and serves nearly 16,000 memberships throughout the community. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the association, a member of the national organization – the YMCA of the USA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. www.lansingymca.org and www.ymca.net

 



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