DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA is the recipient of an AT&T "Investing in Illinois" award.
The award provides resources and recognition to organizations and programs that improve lives in their communities and the state by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.
"AT&T Illinois has a proud history of making corporate contributions to Illinois non-profit groups and programs that are really making a difference locally," area manager John Quinn said in a release. "Today, our company recognizes the Danville Family YMCA for improving the quality of life for local residents and strengthening the fabric of ours state."
YMCA officials said they are grateful for the recognition and a contribution of $1,000, which the organization will use to provide financial assistance to individuals and families to become YMCA members or participate in programs.
"Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body," YMCA Executive Director John Alexander said. "This recognition and award will be extremely helpful this year."
In 2012, the YMCA helped more than 2,500 individuals with scholarships, totaling $227,228, to participate in swimming lessons, youth summer camp, after-school programs for teens and adult fitness classes, etc.
State Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, nominated the organization for the award.
"We are fortunate that very caring and committed groups are working to improve the quality of life for many residents in the Danville area," he said.