The YMCA of Beaufort County announces that it is changing its association name to the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry to reflect the non-profit organizations’ programs that operate and serve residents of Jasper and Beaufort counties. The Y facility located in Port Royal will continue to be recognized as the Wardle Family YMCA.
“Over the past several years we have provided on-site and off-site programs including summer camp, afterschool programming and swim lessons to hundreds of residents of Jasper County,” said Michael Bostwick, YMCA CEO.
“In the spirit in inclusivity, of which the Y is well-known, and to better describe our impact geographically we are excited to now be known as the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry.”
The Wardle Family YMCA was charted in 1990 and opened its doors in June 1996. The YMCA is a locally autonomous non-profit organization made up of voluntary membership that is open to individuals of all ages, race, religion, incomes and abilities. The mission of the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y believes in helping all people lead healthier, happier lives and at the Y, no one is turned away due to their inability to pay. In 2017 the Y awarded approximately $350,000 in financial assistance.
Programs and services incorporate the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and the YMCA encourages and challenges its staff, members, volunteers and program participants to accept and demonstrate these values. The Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry currently serves approximately 10,000 individuals annually through the programs and services provided in Beaufort and Jasper counties.