PICKENS COUNTY — Big things are happening at the Y.
Construction at Pickens County YMCA’s highly anticipated newest location in the Powdersville and Wren communities continues to progress with a projected finishing date of sometime this spring.
Basketball courts have been laid, drywall is up and the paint has dried.
“The building itself is not important,” said Sid Collins, CEO of Pickens County YMCA. “It’s just a structure. What is important is the impact that the Y can create through life change.”
Collins said the three most important aspects of the Y are youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
“If you’re looking for a fitness center, there are dozens of them around. We are not that. But if you’re interested in real life change, come on over,” he said. “Even with our coaches we’re not going to be like, ‘how much weight do you want to lose?’ What we’re going to ask is how do you want to change your life.
“YMCAs don’t come and go. We stay for generations,” Collins said. “Easley’s (YMCA) has been there for 60 years. This is your YMCA. If you live here, it’s yours — it’ll be your children’s and then someday your children’s children’s.”
One area of the YMCA that encompasses all three of the organization’s values is the mentoring program — a program that was recently gifted a $10,000 donation from the Pickens Rotary Club.
The money came from funds raised at the Pickens Rotary’s annual spaghetti dinner and auction held at Pickens High School in March.
“Thank you for your hard work, enthusiasm and vision for what the Y mentor Pickens County program means to our students, our mentors and ultimately, our community,” said Cindy Perry, director of Pickens County Y Mentor. “Your donation is going to allow us to expand the program to the Pickens schools this fall.”
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.