Ray Purvis, CEO for the Capital Region YMCA, spoke to the Quincy Rotary Club last week.
Purvis spoke about plans to one day have a YMCA located in Gadsden County.
The idea is still in the planning stages, he told Rotary Club members.
A group of local business and community members have been meeting regularly, working on a plan to bring the YMCA to the county.
There are currently two facilities in Leon County at 3840 N. Munroe Street and 2001 Apalachee Parkway.
Purvis spoke on the Christian principles that the organization uses to put into place programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body.
He explained that YMCA is an association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
He said that YMCA believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when everyone works together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.
The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Purvis said the YMCA nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities
to give back and support neighbors.
For nearly 160 years, he said, the YMCA has been listening and responding to our communities.
Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good, he added.
For more information on helping with the development of a Gadsden County YMCA contact Ray Purvis at 850-539-9622.