Co-op Community Spaces Donates $57,000 to the YMCA

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November 2, 2015
Co-op Community Spaces Donates $57,000 to the YMCA
Break out the boots and shovels. Co-op is giving back to Moose Jaw by providing $57,000 in funding for the Co-op Early Years Play Space. Co-op Community Spaces is a new funding program, launched this past spring, donating $1 million this year to fund 16 projects related to recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture across Western Canada. “Co-op continues to make life better by investing in our local economy and giving back with programs such as Co-op Community Spaces,” said Gerry Onyskevitch, Moose Jaw Co-op General Manager. “We look forward to seeing the completed project, which will be a great place to come together as a community.”The program provides between $25,000 and $100,000 in funding for eligible projects. Applications were received between April 1 and May 15 and reviewed for various criteria, including environmental impacts, community need and accessibility. Spearheaded by the YMCA of Moose Jaw, the Co-op Early Years Play Space will allow for the Moose Jaw YMCA Strong Start Family Centre to provide physical activity opportunities, free indoor play space, and recreation programs and services to families with children 5 and under. The expansion will provide 1,200 square feet of play space for early years play based physical activity. “We are grateful to have received the support of the Co-operative Retailing System. The early years 0-5 is the most crucial time for a child’s development,” said Jeff Fox, CEO of the YMCA of Moose Jaw. Interior construction of the Co-op Early Years Play Space has been completed, and exterior construction is due to be completed by April 2016. The Co-op Early Years Play Space is located at the Strong Start Family Centre at 679 Hall St W. For hours of operation and program information please visit www.moosejawymca.ca. To learn more about Co-op Community Spaces or to view the list of the 16 community projects receiving funding this year, visit www.communityspaces.ca.