The YMCA of Metro North is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded grants from two foundations to support its medical wellness programs. A $5,000 grant from The Foundation Trust and a $4,000 grant from the Melrose Cooperative Bank Foundation keep chronic disease prevention programs free for adults and seniors who participate in Livestrong at the Y, Heart Healthy Maintenance and Stay Fit for Seniors. An additional off-site program will be offered later this Fall in partnership with Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and the Cefalo Memorial Complex.

“We are honored to be recipients of these  grants. Their support is going to allow us to expand and increase access to our programs for adults with chronic diseases. Programs such as Healthy Heart, Stay Fit, and LIVESTRONG, address various chronic ailments and improve the quality of life for participants,” says Katelyn Papadopoulos, Senior Executive Director, Melrose Family YMCA.

The Melrose Family YMCA has enrolled nearly 300 people in its chronic disease prevention programs over the past several years.

“Access to safe and engaging recreational activities plays an important role in enhancing the lives of community members with health challenges. The Foundation Trust is proud to enter this partnership to support the social, emotional, and physical well-being of participants of expanding Melrose YMCA programming,” says Dr. Janelle Johnson, Managing Director of the Foundation Trust.

About The Foundation Trust

The Foundation Trust is a private operating foundation serving Greater Boston. It is committed to uplifting vulnerable individuals and enhancing community development by supporting the important work of local small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations. To learn more, visit

About the Melrose Cooperative Bank Foundation

The mission of the Melrose Cooperative Bank Foundation is to provide financial support to charitable and community service organizations in our community. The Foundation is dedicated completely to community activities and the promotion of charitable causes. Learn more:

About the YMCA of Metro North
The YMCA of Metro North is a leading Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization providing health, fitness, and youth development programs to the nearly 69,000 community members it serves annually. The association awards more than $1,900,000 in financial assistance to members to attend Y Academy early learning and after school programs, summer camps, and evidence-based health programs. The association instructs 5,000 swimmers and 200 lifeguards in swim safety every year at its location in Lynn, Melrose, Peabody, Saugus, and Stoneham. Learn more: