Stamford Family YMCA Receives $2500 from the Crane Fund for Widows and Children


The Crane Fund for Widows and Children generously awarded a $2500 grant to the Stamford Family YMCA. Their gift will be used to support youth engagement and development at LEAD Academy, the organization’s out-of-school program. This year, in response to adjustments in educational programs offered by Stamford Public Schools, the Stamford Family YMCA is offering the LEAD After-School and Distance Learning program to students in kindergarten to 8th grade.

The YMCA appreciates our position as advocates for economic, social, and racial justice. We recognize the differential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families we serve and acknowledge that the pandemic has revealed the broad range of disparities that challenge communities. While complying with state mandates, we commit to providing a safe and nurturing space that provides opportunities for academic enrichment and social engagement. The Crane Fund for Widows and Children plays a vitally important role in allowing the YMCA to honor our commitment to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

“We are grateful to the Crane Fund for Widows and Children,” shared Shawn Patch, CEO of the Stamford Family YMCA. “Such mission-driven partners allow us to make positive contributions to the Stamford community.

Lead Academy is licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Our trained youth development professionals support students in math and reading skill development and guide them in a broad range of activities including safety around the water and arts and crafts. Through a partnership with KIDS FANS, weekly nutrition classes are offered by a registered dietician from Stamford Hospital.