YMCA Community Programs

Help us by contributing to support our free community programs that include: daily dinners for children under 18, water safety lessons for all Carthage R-9 2nd grade students, community garden, Parkinson classes and more!

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Project Overview

The YMCA has always believed a strong community leads to strong families.  To support our community, we have offered free community programs each year that help strengthen and support our community in education, resources and filling in gaps identified in the Carthage area.

Free meals to youth

We offer free lunch and dinner on weekdays during the summer and will be serving free dinners year round by 2021 for students under 18 years of age. We provided over 10,000 free meals in 2020 already!

Free water safety programming

The YMCA has a wonderful partnership with the Carthage R-9 school district that allows all 2nd grade students access to 4 hrs or free water safety lessons to help introduce children to water but also prevent possible future drownings. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under 12!

Community Garden

Our community garden is going into year 5 and it is producing more than ever! This year we provided over 100 lbs of food to community members and summer day camp meal program.

Senior services

The YMCA offers many senior service classes to promote strength and balance but also support for those dealing with Parkinson's and other life altering hurdles.

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About Fair Acres Family YMCA

The Carthage YMCA was originally formed in 1890 and was located on the second floor of what is now Café 311. In 1909 the first Y facility was opened on Main Street, just past the High School, near downtown Carthage. The Y served our citizens from 1890 until 1968 when it closed. Then, in 1990-1992 a group of dedicated community leaders came together and raised funds to build a new YMCA, which opened in 1993.

The new Y is located at 2600 S. Grand Avenue and is now called the Fair Acres Family YMCA, which got its name from the Fair Acres Nursing Home located near the same location where the current Y is located. For 93 years the YMCA has addressed the needs of our community and surrounding areas.

 

The YMCA has grown and changed with the times, providing services and solutions to community problems that impact the population. Financial assistance, teaching children to swim, youth basketball, flag football, volleyball, indoor soccer, teen leadership programs and after school child care are just some of the ways the Y provides for the community.

Fair Acres Family YMCA

http://www.fairacresymca.com

Carthage, MO
(417) 358-1070
jhroberts2@gmail.com