April 13, 2018

Larson, Rojas Announce Approval of $1.5M State Funding for East Hartford YMCA

Photo: (L-R) East Hartford YMCA President & CEO Harold Sparrow and Senator Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) in the Legislative Office Building after the State Bond Commission meeting Friday, April 13, 2018.

EAST HARFORD— Senator Tim Larson (D-East Hartford) and Representative Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford) announced today that the State Bond Commission approved a $1.5 million grant-in-aid to the YMCA of Greater Hartford for renovations and improvements to the YMCA Larson Center of Excellence, located in Mayberry Village, East Hartford.
“Investing in the YMCA Larson Center will allow us to better serve the families in our community. With this funding, the Larson Center will be able to continue offering preschool child development, summer day camp, youth sports, teen leadership programs, and activities for seniors, adults, and families in Mayberry Village,” Sen. Larson said. “I am committed to investing in programs that better our community.”

“Over the years, the YMCA in Mayberry Village has provided innumerable educational programs and activities for children and adults,” said Rep. Rojas, co-chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. “Simply put, without the ‘Y’ at the Larson Center of Excellence, very few of these resources could have been offered. The town just would not have been able to afford them. I’m very appreciative of the governor and others who have understood the need to support the Y’s important contribution to our community.”

“We will be able to nurture the potential of every youth and teen through programs such as preschool child development, summer day camp, youth sports, and teen leadership. We will provide services and programming for active older adults, adults, and families that promote a healthy lifestyle,” said East Hartford YMCA President & CEO Harold Sparrow and Executive Director Laura Floyd. “The YMCA is grateful for the leadership and guidance of State Senator Tim Larson, who championed this effort, along with State Representatives Jason Rojas, Henry Genga, and Jeff Currey. Without their support, we could not accomplish the many goals we have set for ourselves in this East Hartford community.”