Bladel Foundation awards $5,000 grant to Sarasota YMCA

The Sarasota Family YMCA is pleased to announce the award of $5,000 for general support of the Operation Graduation Continuum of Care programs from the Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation of Northern Trust Bank. Operation Graduation Continuum of Care encompasses an innovative and unique range of age appropriate programs and services offered free of charge to benefit youth from early childhood (age 3) through high school, including Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Operation Graduation at Emma E. Booker Elementary, and Achievers. This award directly benefits Sarasota’s minority and disadvantaged populations by providing these vital educational programs.

This generous support will help the Y continue to further its mission to “build strong kids, strong families, strong communities,” by fostering lasting personal and social change for needy youth and families.