The YMCA of Greater Charlotte received a surprise $18 million gift at the end of 2020 from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who donated billions last December to 384 organizations nationwide.
The Y will use some of the funds to transform several existing locations (including the Stratford Richardson Y (pictured) and the McCrorey YMCA, into health equity campuses, where all community members will have equitable access to resources to support overall health and well-being. This includes access to healthy food and nutrition education, access to mental health services and expanded chronic disease prevention services.
In addition, the Y will allocate funding for youth and teen opportunities that are focused on underserved neighborhoods.
(April 13, 2021)