Sault YMCA Gets Some Help

The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA is receiving $150,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to install a new storm and sewer system, announced David Orazietti, MPP.
“This grant will help to ensure the YMCA’s longevity in our community,” said Orazietti. “The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA has been a valuable community resource for over a century, and our government is committed to helping organizations like the YMCA to strategically renew their infrastructure in order to continue serving our community for years to come.”
The funding will reduce the risk of flooding and structural damage at the YMCA by allowing the organization to re-engineer and install the new system.  By upgrading the storm water and sewer management system, the YMCA will benefit from a strengthened and renewed physical infrastructure, ensuring storm water is routed away from the building to prevent future flooding.
“The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA is extremely happy to receive the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Provincial Government for our Storm Water Management project,” said Kim Caruso, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA. “As a non-profit, charitable organization that has served this community for over 100 years, it is essential to provide assurance and prevention against future flooding, so that we can continue to provide programs for our community.”
The YMCA provides a variety of services to the Sault Ste. Marie community, including health, fitness, and recreation programs for all ages, community outreach programs, and employment programs for youth at risk.
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. Visit  for additional information and grant eligibility.
Provincial investments through the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie, since 2003, total over $7 million and include organizations such as:
•           $250,000 Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
•           $173,000 Sault Youth Association
•           $  98,700 Community Living Algoma
•           $  90,000 Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District
•           $  77,300 Soo Pee Wee Association
•           $  70,000 Kiwanis Community Theatre
•           $  75,000 Sault Ste. Marie Skate Park
•           $  75 000 Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival
•           $  68,500 Learning Disabilities Association Sault Ste. Marie
•           $  67,500 Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
•           $  61,700 Musical Comedy Guild of Sault Ste. Marie
•           $  60,000 Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Association
•           $  60,000 Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
•           $  60,000 Ken Brown Recovery Home
•           $  50,000 Tarentorus Sports Club
•           $  53,000 United Way of Sault Ste. Marie
•           $  41,700 Big Brothers Big Sisters Association
•           $  30,000 Searchmont Ski Runners
•           $  30,000 Family YMCA Sault Ste. Marie
•           $  27,600 Echoes Drum Festival Sault Ste. Marie
•           $  15,000 St. Marys River Marine Heritage Centre