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The Harrisburg YMCA: A Pool of Support

By Christian Burney

"I love coming to the YMCA on a weekend morning and running on a treadmill," says Rosie Turner, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Harrisburg YMCA. "All of our gyms have gorgeous views, but also, I never know who I am going to see." Turner describes the sense of community she gets whenever she's at the YMCA. The people there, whether she knows them or not, are all so kind and welcoming. "At the YMCA​, I feel that I can always ask for help and everyone will do their best to make sure I have what I need."

That strong bond isn't limited to employees, either. It extends to the community. The YMCA offers family memberships so that kids can get their swimming lessons while parents work out in the gym. It also offers financial aid to members who qualify for it, and it's thanks to community donors and sponsors that the organization is able to do so. "It really is a special place," Turner adds.

In addition to its Fitness and Aquatic programs, the Harrisburg YMCA offers a Health program, which provide education and support to members looking to reach or maintain a healthy, livable lifestyle. It also hosts several Youth camps where kids can explore sports like field hockey, lacrosse, or swimming. Finally, YMCA offers support to its community with an outreach and support program for victims of child abuse.

"The sense of community at the YMCA is like no other place in the world. At the YMCA​, I feel that I can always ask for help and everyone will do their best to make sure I have what I need," she says. The YMCA in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania isn't just a rec center. The YMCA gives to its community, and in return, the community gives right back.

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