Meeting Waters YMCA recognizes, supports dads

BELLOWS FALLS — More than a century ago, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. The daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran was inspired by a Mother's Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers.

After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.

On Sunday, June 17, Meeting Waters YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father's Day and recognizing the impact fathers and adult male role models make in children's lives.

Nationally, one out of three children lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance, or a lack of resources can affect fathers' ability to seek support in strengthening their parenting skills and more fully engaging in the lives of their children.

The Y remains dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.

As a nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y believes that strong family bonds are a foundation of strong communities, and we work to help all families to learn, grow, and thrive.

Father's Day reminds us why it's important to recognize fathers and provide them with the support they need to be the best parents and caregivers they can be.

Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self confidence. They exhibit less depression, perform better academically, and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use.

Meeting Waters YMCA fosters understanding and companionship between children and their fathers - and moms - through regular “Family Connection” events at all six Y ASPIRE sites, Family Nights at Y Day Camp, and Family Camp, which takes place on Saturday, July 21.

To learn more, visit us at www.meetingwatersymca.org or on Facebook.

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