Rotary Helps Fund New Playground at the YMCA

The Sturbridge Rotary Club recently awarded $5,000 to the Tri-Community YMCA Child Development Center, 115 Marcy Street in Southbridge, to help fund a new outdoor playground that will be enjoyed by more than 150 kids a day.

“This playground will help the Y provide safe and healthy spaces for our children to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-esteem," Glenn Juchno, Executive Director of the Tri-Community YMCA. “We are fortunate to have great partners like the Sturbridge Rotary Club who understand the impact of youth development in our community.”

For over 100 years, the YMCA has been meeting the needs of children, adults and families in our community.  The Child Development Center at the Y offers year-round licensed childcare for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. 

“We believe we are building a child’s future from the day they begin in our care.”  Paul Perrier, Director of Child Development Services.  “Whether they are an infant or school age, we work to create the brightest future possible for each child, one activity, and one interaction at a time.” 

“We’re happy to help support the YMCA’s new playground with funds from our educational trust account,” Past-President Otto Prohaska.  “One of Sturbridge Rotary’s areas of focus is youth and youth development.  The Y offers so many programs for children of all ages that funding toward the playground was a perfect fit for us.”  

The Sturbridge Rotary Club has been providing humanitarian service to the local and international community for over 45 years.  The Club addresses many of today’s most critical issues including hunger, as well as support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students and professionals.  For more information on what Sturbridge Rotary does, visit ; Also check out the Club’s Facebook page at  ;

Glenn Juchno (L), Otto Prohaska (R) with many kids who enjoy the new playground.

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