Wayne HealthCare Foundation partners with Y on programs


DARKE COUNTY – The YMCA of Darke County is committed to programs that enhance the quality of life for residents. Due to the generosity of the Wayne HealthCare Foundation two important initiatives were offered this year at no cost to community members.

The Y offers an annual, complimentary, week-long “Safety Around Water” program which is open to children of the community who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade.

“We are grateful for the Wayne HealthCare Foundation’s involvement with ‘Safety Around Water’ week,” said YMCA CEO Sam Casalano. “This year, over 200 Darke County children participated in the program. The safety of children in our community is of the utmost priority for the YMCA, and the generosity of the Wayne HealthCare Foundation will enable us to impact even more children with critical, life-saving water skills.”

The Wayne HealthCare Foundation will also partner with the Y as a sponsor for their biannual diabetes education classes which are offered at no cost to all interested residents of Darke County.

“Diabetes is becoming one of the biggest health concerns facing our society,” stated Casalano. “It’s part of the mission of the YMCA to educate our community and promote healthy living amongst Darke County residents.”

Upon completion of the eight-week course, participants are awarded a complimentary two-month membership at the Y to get a jump-start on the healthy living practices learned throughout the course.

“We are excited for the community’s increasing involvement in our programs and we are pleased that the Wayne HealthCare Foundation has joined the YMCA in our endeavor to promote health and safety for both youthand adults in our region,” said Casalano.

Please join the Y and Wayne HealthCare Foundation in celebrating youth health and safety as well as good nutrition for all of our community. The Wayne HealthCare Foundation Board of Directors and Staff are honored to partner with the Y to bring water safety to our community youth and great nutrition education to those managing their diabetes.


The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To learn more about other programs that promote health and safety for youth and adults in the community, contact YMCA of Darke County Member Services Director Shanna Good at 937-548-3777 or [email protected].

The Wayne HealthCare Foundation’s mission is collaborating through philanthropy with Wayne HealthCare in order to enhance community health and wellness close to home. The Wayne HealthCare Foundation works to serve the community with health education and wellness support focusing on all local residents with an emphasis on youth health, seniors, the Healthy Moments program, diabetes and nutrition, and AEDs, as well as building the future leaders in the healthcare field here at home through scholarships and mentoring, and providing Wayne HealthCare with state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and technologies to go with our state-of-the-art staff. To learn more about the Wayne HealthCare Foundation, please call Lauren Henry at 937-547-7408 or email [email protected].

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