YMCA receives donation

Pictured, from left, are YMCA CEO Pat Herman Good Samaritan Foundation Development Specialist Nicole Coomer, Susie Land, the YMCA’s business manager, and Bill Davis, YMCA youth director.

The Good Samaritan Foundation recently awarded the YMCA of Vincennes a gift of $5,000 to help the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foundation Director Gary Hackney and Foundation Development Specialist Nicole Coomer presented the check to YMCA CEO Pat Herman. Also in attendance were YMCA employees Bill Davis, youth director and Susie Land, business manager.

Good Samaritan and the Vincennes YMCA have a long-standing relationship and have worked together on multiple projects. This past March, the YMCA allowed Good Samaritan to use its day camp facilities in order to establish a childcare center on the YMCA grounds for children of essential health care workers. This impromptu daycare lasted eight weeks, was operational when other child care facilities had closed down and came at no cost to the hospital. The Good Samaritan Foundation’s board of directors voted unanimously to donate the funds to the YMCA.

Eli McCormick, a foundation board member, said the partnership between community businesses and organizations is vital during the pandemic.

“At the end of the day, we are all in this together,” he said. “If we have the availability to offer assistance to them, I am in favor of doing so.”

Good Samaritan President and CEO Rob McLin echoed McCormick’s statement.

“I think this is a wonderful gesture and very appropriate,” he said. “The YMCA was willing to support Good Samaritan earlier in the year when we needed space to run a daycare center. I would hate to think of Vincennes without our local YMCA.”

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