[SARASOTA, Fla. December 19, 2017]– The Sarasota Family YMCA is pleased to announce the award of $10,000 from the Bank of America Client Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee. The Y will use the funds to invest in the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program. These generous contributions from Bank of American Client Foundation will improve the lives of children, families and individuals to create lasting change in the community.

HIPPY provides free, in-home parent and child engagement to families facing overwhelming poverty. The program helps lay the foundation for reaching grade level reading proficiency and achieving academic success and serves as an excellent early educational program for preschool age children. Since 1992, HIPPY has been serving a targeted population of families in Sarasota areas with the greatest economic, social and educational challenges.


About Sarasota YMCA:

THE SARASOTA YMCA is a nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen; healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, we work to make sure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information visit or call 941.951.2916.

Proclamation declares May as Water Safety Month

The County Commissioners of Sarasota County presented Sarasota YMCA representatives a proclamation declaring May as Water Safety Month. The YMCA was recognized for being a community leader in preventing drowning, the leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children ages 1-4 in Florida, through water-safety awareness and education.

The Sarasota YMCA Receives Grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation to fund Operation Graduation

The Sarasota Family YMCA is able to support the continuance of an innovative range of educational services that engage youth from early childhood (Pre-K) through high school and as they transition to and progress through postsecondary education paths thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation.

Funding will support the Y’s Operation Graduation Educational Continuum, one of the Y’s most distinctive, community-driven series of programming. Each age appropriate component of this three-prong project has been developed to meet specific needs identified by the community. For all components, the needs addressed include helping at-risk, low income, minority and other disadvantaged children, youth and their families overcome the damaging effects of poverty and low academic achievement. These are accomplished by providing comprehensive enrichment programs that support individuals in reaching their highest potential and succeeding both academically and socially.

For more information about the ways in which the Sarasota YMCA is helping our community, please visit our website at or call (941) 951-1336.