The Metro North YMCA has been featured in local news this month for their assistance to those impacted by the government shut-down.  The YMCA posted this initial message on their Facebook pages as the shut-down entered its third week.

“If you are a government employee impacted by the shut-down and are a member or program participant at our Y, please stop by one of our branches – Lynn, Melrose, Peabody or Saugus and speak with the branch director. We are here for you and your family while you go through this difficult time. We can assist you with a scholarship. Everyday, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive!  If you are not a member of our Y, please stop by to learn about our scholarship program!”

In the weeks since the shutdown started some 30 families have taken advantage of some form of a scholarship at the Y.  “We’re into it right now for $5,000 to $8,000, it adds up quickly,” said Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Walsh. “We work hard all year round raising money for our Scholarship Fund. This is atypical that we have this much need this early in the year, but we’re going to offer help as long as it’s needed.”

To read the full article in The Salem News please click here.

To read the full article in the Melrose Free Press please click here.