The local YMCA’s Immigrant Services has received a big financial boost from a bank foundation.
The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka announced today it has received a donation of $100,000 from the RBC Foundation, supporting the Y’s effort to help new Canadians settle in the Barrie area.
The funds will provide all new Canadians registered in the YMCA’s Immigrant Services program with a one-year family membership to their local YMCA. Haleema Marsroor and her family are recipients of the RBC funded YMCA memberships and are seeing the benefits of joining their local Barrie Y. “The YMCA family membership is benefiting our family by keeping us physically and mentally healthy and helping us socialize with new people in our community,” said Marsroor.
Since 2016, the number of immigrants in Simcoe County has increased by 20 per cent. As one of the primary settlement agencies within Simcoe and Muskoka, YMCA Immigrant Services acts as a ‘first stop’ for newcomers.