United Way now at 70 percent of fundraising goal

LEWISTOWN – The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata has reached 70 percent, or $427,964 of its goal of $600,000, during the campaign that began Sept. 18 and runs until March 15.

When most people imagine what their retirement will be like, they picture leisurely time spent playing golf, planting flowers, and winning bingo.

Many senior citizens of Mifflin and Juniata counties, however, may surprise you with their favorite retirement activity-pool volleyball. These seniors are faithful patrons of the Juniata Valley YMCA, which offers a exercise program to those who are 60 and older.

The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata helps to fund this service for seniors. Active Older Adults can participate in a Land Fitness Class or the extremely popular Aquatics Program.

John McCullough, Executive Director of the Juniata Valley YMCA, speaks highly of the seniors who enjoy swimming and playing pool volleyball. The group is mainly composed of individuals in their seventies, all dedicated to their regular time slot on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

McCullough said many attendees have expressed the undeniable impact of fitness, stating they “would have been in nursing homes years earlier if not for this class.

“One of the program’s longstanding members confirmed the success of aquatic recreation. Nancy Winn, a participant for six years, attributes her speedy recovery from a knee revision surgery to her time in the pool. She affirms that the benefits extend beyond health, stating that her favorite part is the fellowship and that the group is “just like family,” he said.

Seniors who register for these classes enjoy the program year-round. The YMCA has been serving Active Older Adults for the last 14 years. The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata looks forward to a continued partnership with the YMCA’s Senior Program as the 2014 campaign is currently under way. In addition to supporting the Active Older Adults, The United Way also supplies funding to the Y’s Community Life Connections, Open Door Policy, and Positive Coaching Alliance.