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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Provide youth and adult sports, recreation, fitness & personal development programs to area residents. Provide day camps & after school child care services for local youth.

Programs: Provide youth and adult sports, recreation, fitness & personal development programs to area residents. Provide day camps & after school child care for local youth.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The "Y" is a great place to go for around family fun and physical activity. Recent renovations to my local "Y" in Mercer County have been awesome and the anticipated projects are much needed. Over the years I've watched the "Y" continue to grow in programs, people and performance. My local "Y" is a great community partner and always willing to work to increase awareness around projects or programs that will have a positive impact on the community. My favorite "Y" program is the Afterschool initiative.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wilderness Trace has helped fund Substance Abuse Prevention Counseling for the local school districts and this service has been invaluable! Unfortunately, our children are faced with a variety of addictions and intervention and prevention counseling is one way to battle this tragedy. The school systems are not equipped to handle such issues and that makes the vision of the Wilderness Trace Family YMCA that much more important. They have seen the need for more help and have done their part in offering it. I sincerely hope funds will continue to be available for substance abuse prevention counseling and activities in our communities.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you ever felt the need to somehow give in our community and help children of all ages, this is the time & way.
These children, with our help and support, will have posistive Christian mentors in their lives that they may not have at home. They will have healthy meals and a chance to experience real friendships with others their age and older/younger. They will maybe even have a place to stay, not just be locked up at home by themselves, because the mother, father, or grandparent can not afford to pay for childcare while they go to work to try to pay the bills.

You dont have to travel accross the world, we have children waiting for us to make a difference for them here in Mercer County & those counties surrounding us that also share our YMCA facility. If money is not an option at this time and you would like to volunteer to help at the YMCA that would also be a blessing for you and the children that attend.

You can contact Mark or Jacquie at the YMCA anytime at 859-734-9622 if you may have any other questions or concerns.

Please pray on this awesome oppertunity to be a blessing in so many little hearts today & help in any way you can!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wilderness Trace Family YMCA in Harrodsburg, KY has made a huge impact on our community. We have benefited in many ways, especially in the after school program and all of the special programs they offer for all of us to enjoy.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each spring our Y hosts a great event, Healthy Kids Day for all 4th grade students in our county. It is a fun-filled day providing educational information on healthy behavior while keeping our youth physically active. This is just one example of the many things our Y does to help make our community healthier. The Y offers numerous programs that serve every population in Mercer County. Thank you, Wilderness Trace YMCA, you are great!

Judy B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wilderness Trace Family YMCA Inc. of Harrodsburg, KY provides many needed services to this community making it difficult to list in limited space. Mark Fryer has worked tirelessly to improve on the facilities and increase the amount of services offered. The void that is being filled is incredible making our community's future look increasingly brighter. The future plans for this facility and grounds presented at many gatherings locally, which are dependent upon donated or granted funds are forward thinking and will improve upon the entire community. Great programs, great mentors and great leaders all in one thanks to Mark Fryer, YMCA staff, volunteers and Mark's lovely family.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Our community struggles to provide positive activities for our youth and seniors. Our Wilderness Trace Family Ymca is dedicated to providing christian based programing targeted at these underserved groups. Those character building principles are delivered through programming in youth sports, after school child care, day camps, swim lessons, swim team, gymnastics, and a variety of other programming opportunities.

cutler.jill

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wilderness Trace YMCA is a Chamber member and is outstanding at communication and efforts to assist our community in approving via children's programs and family activities.

Pat_6

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Wilderness Trace YMCA plays a big roll in providing after school care for a very reasonable price in several counties to children who have working parents and are having trouble in these economical times. Along with the after school program we also have other sports programs going on throughout the whole year and a summer day camp for kids to attend. The Y helps scholarship kids that need it for these programs and no child is turned away. The Wilderness Trace Y is known in Kentucky for having more running programs with a very small facility then any other Y in Kentucky.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

This YMCA serves 4 fairly rural counties and provides programs and services not otherwise available to families and children. There is little option for affordable child care in this area and working families are dealing with challenges to "make ends meet" by working multiple part time jobs, doing shift work, or traveling into more urban areas 30 to 60 miles away. The Wilderness Trace YMCA operates child care and supervision programs after school, snow days, teacher "in-service" days and summers so that parents can stay in the work force without anxiety or poor attendance. The cost per child is more than 25% below commercial child care and 30% of the children receive need based scholarship. The WTFYMCA child care programs are certified, accredited, registered and receive no federal funds. The venues are local schools so that the children are either bused to the program or remain in their own school. There are 4 locations in 3 counties. The "Y" provides its own trained and nurturing staff and all the materials. The program provides a healthy snack, homework support, quiet reading, physical activity, arts/crafts and stresses caring, respect, honesty, responsibility. Ages served are 5-12. Older children are able to participate in the supervised "open gym" activities at the "Y" building from school closing until 5:30 pm for a $20/year membership or $1/day. This program protects more than 100 children who would otherwise be "latchkey kids" at risk for physical and psychological harm, poor school performance, bad social influences, and cultivation of bad eating and exercise habits. This "Y" runs a lean budget with only 2 full time employees. The United Way has cut financial support in recent years due to stress on its own fundraising in this area.