PHOENIX (November 3, 2016) – Valley of the Sun YMCA today announced that all 16 of its branches will be offering free child watch services, up to four hours from 8 a.m. to 8 pm., on Election Day so busy parents and caregivers can have a safe and fun place for their kids to play while voting on Tuesday, November 8.

The child watch offering, called Zoe’s Kids Day Out, is open to members and non-members. Children of all ages are welcome, but must be potty-trained.

“At Valley of the Sun YMCA, we are extremely excited to be a part of the Zoe’s Kids Day Out initiative this year, and look forward to welcoming children at all of our branches on Election Day,” said Bryan Madden, CEO for Valley of the Sun YMCA. “Acknowledging taking kids to the polls may add stress for busy parents and caregivers, the Y is committed to doing its part to make sure all Americans can fulfill their civic duty.”

As the largest nonprofit provider of child care in the United States, the Y helps nurture our nation’s children and encourage them to learn and grow. Supporting parents and caregivers is a crucial component of nurturing children. Zoe’s Kids Day Out initiative is yet another way the Y is aiming to lend a hand, the same way it has been helping communities across the country for over 160 years.

Zoe’s Kids Day Out is an extension of Zoe for President, an initiative to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way. Through Y programs like academic enrichment, mentorship, college readiness, job training and more, kids have the opportunity to grow, to succeed, and one day, maybe even become president.

About the Valley of the Sun YMCA

Valley of the Sun YMCA is one of the largest human service nonprofit organizations in Arizona. As the one of the oldest nonprofits in the state, approaching its 125th birthday in 2017, the YMCA serves local communities in Maricopa County, Pinal County, Yuma, Flagstaff, and Prescott, offering more than 250 programs and 26 social services at its statewide locations. Members are welcome regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Financial assistance is also available to those who qualify. The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information, visit www.valleyymca.org

 

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