On Wednesday, December 23, Good Samaritan Foundation awarded the Vincennes
YMCA a check in the amount of $5,000 to help the organization through
the COVID pandemic.
Foundation Director, Gary Hackney, and Foundation Development Specialist,
Nicole Coomer, presented the check to Pat Herman, YMCA CEO. Also in attendance
were YMCA employees Bill Davis, Youth Director and Susie Land, Business Manager.
Good Samaritan and the Vincennes YMCA have a long-standing relationship
and have worked together on multiple projects. This past March, the YMCA
allowed Good Samaritan to use their day camp facilities in order to establish
a childcare center on the YMCA grounds for children of essential health
care workers. This impromptu daycare lasted eight weeks, was operational
when other child care facilities had closed down and came at no cost to
the hospital. Good Samaritan’s Foundation Board voted unanimously
to donate the funds to the YMCA.
Eli McCormick, Good Samaritan Foundation board member stated that the partnership
between community businesses and organizations is vital during the pandemic.
“At the end of the day, we are all in this together,” he said.
“If we have the availability to offer assistance to them, I am in
favor of doing so.”
Good Samaritan President and CEO, Rob McLin, echoed McCormick’s statement.
“I think this is a wonderful gesture and very appropriate,”
stated McLin. “The YMCA was willing to support Good Samaritan earlier
in the year when we needed space to run a daycare center. I would hate
to think of Vincennes without our local YMCA.”