Sen. Richardville recognized by YMCA at state Capitol for involvement with local organizations
LANSING-Sen. Randy Richardville today received the 2008 YMCA Legislative Champion Award for his involvement and advocacy for local YMCAs throughout the 17th Senate District.
Joining YMCA nearly 40 years ago, Richardville has served as a Monroe YMCA board member and is an overall strong supporter of the organization. He also chaired the community phase of the “Strong Kids Campaign” to raise funds for YMCA programs. As a state representative, he worked in Lansing to raise awareness of the many benefits local YMCAs provide and promoted the organization at the local level.
“As a YMCA volunteer and member of the board, I saw firsthand how YMCAs can strengthen families and communities,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “They help families build tighter bonds, achieve balance in their work and everyday lives, and become more involved with their communities. YMCAs help bring parents and children together.”
YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit provider of child care in the nation. The associations also support state oversight of camping and recreational activities.
“Sen. Richardville has been a strong supporter of YMCA for many years,” said Joe Lark, president of the Monroe YMCA Board of Directors. “Although he has a busy schedule as a state senator, he continues to help promote the YMCA mission by reaching out to local communities and schools and encouraging them to get involved with our programs. We appreciate his continued assistance at the local level, despite his weighty responsibilities in Lansing.”
Michigan’s 27 corporate YMCAs serve more than 569,000 people each year, uniting men, women and children of all faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels.
“I am pleased to receive this award, but most importantly, I am proud of the work that the local YMCAs are doing,” Richardville said. “YMCAs depend on the help offered by thousands of volunteers, and I am grateful for their generosity. Their efforts to build strong families, promote health and well-being, and support youth are outstanding. YMCAs help remind people that we are here to take care of ourselves and each other.”
To learn more about any YMCA in Michigan, visit www.ymca.net.
Editor’s note: A photograph of Sen. Richardville at the YMCA award presentation in the state Capitol is available on the Senate Majority Photowire, located at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/photowire.asp?District=17
Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008
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