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Guilderland YMCA has a new executive director

Venter eyes increasing community outreach, fostering new programs

— As a nonprofit organization, Venter said the Y gives back to the community by offering different scholarships to take advantage of programming offered. Having a bigger impact in the community is also what drew him towards the YMCA.

“I was looking to make more of an impact in the community,” he said. “I certainly enjoyed my position at the college and liked what I did, but the Y wants to be seen as one of the roots of the community.”

Venter said he believes the organization has made progressing becoming “a hub of the community” and continuing that effort was appealing to him.

“We would like to be more proactive in getting the word out,” he said. “Our members know a lot of what we do … but we need to get outside of the building and outside of the facility into the community more.”

The three pillars of the YMCA’s foundation are youth development, social responsibility and healthy living, he said, so everything it does ties into those core values.

He said facility is offering new a different programming for seniors, which has been one of its growing member segments. Childhood obesity is also another target area for the organization. Making sure to tie its appeal to the whole family is also important.

“It is a family friendly atmosphere for sure,” he said. “Being family friendly is certainly one of our drawing points that we hold dear.”

For information about the Guilderland YMCA, visit www.cdymca.org or visit the facility at 250 Winding Brook Drive. You can also call the Guilderland YMCA at 456-3634.

There are approximately 9,500 members at the Guilderland YMCA.

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