Responding to a community need identified by the United Way of Greenwich, the YMCA and Silver Shield Association launched an after school program at New Lebanon School.
"About a year ago we realized that there was a waiting list for kids that needed a safe place to go after school and with the help of Silver Shield here in Greenwich and the Y and United Way, we were able to open this program," says Ed Phillip, President and CEO of Greenwich YMCA.
The program provides care for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and offers a fun and safe place for students to enjoy activities and receive homework help.
"We were getting concerns with children in this area not having a place to go after school and when the United Way reached out to us to see if we could assist in any way with this program, we thought it would be a great idea," says Sergeant Mark Zuccerella, Treasurer of Silver Shield Association.
"I went to school here, I'm a New Lebanon graduate, back when I came here there weren't any types of programs like this around so it's good to have these types of programs instituted to make sure kids have a safe place to go, hang out, have fun, and be accounted for," says Master Patrol Officer JD Smith.
Representatives from the organizations held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new program.
"This is a real example of the community coming together, seeing a need, kids didn't have a place to go, and a bunch of organizations, including the Y, were able to step up and really fill that need," says Phillip. "It's just a great example of how the community can work together to make the place better."