Meriden YMCA

The Meriden–New Britain–Berlin YMCA Announces Promotion of Sarah Cruz

The Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA is excited to announce the promotion of Sarah Cruz to Welcome Center Manager at the Meriden YMCA. 

The Welcome Center Manager and their staff deliver exceptional customer service to all members, guests, and program participants; respond to member and guest needs; and promote memberships, programs and events, volunteer opportunities, and mission of the Y.

Sarah was born in Meriden and resides here with her family. “We’ve been a Y family for well over ten years and have enjoyed summer camp, dance, STEM, CrossFit Kids and before and after school programs. My daughter will be doing the summer youth employment program and my son hopes to be a camp counselor when he is older.

I started working part-time at our Y two years ago after hearing about job opportunities when I came to the Y to take water aerobics classes. I work in member service and have also taught some STEM classes. Now it has turned into a career which makes me really happy. I love my job and this community. I’m excited about continuing to work with our community and show people what the Y is all about. I look forward to getting to know our members better and help get more kids involved in our programs,” said Sarah.

“Sarah has been a wonderful asset for our Y. She has excellent customer service skills, connects well with members and is good at training other staff members. Our team is excited for Sarah to continue to learn and grow with the Y and help us serve our community mission,” said Carmen Chaparro, Branch Executive Director. 

“We are excited to have Sarah in this new role and we know our Y will continue to offer a great Welcome Center experience under her leadership,” said John Benigni, CEO of the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA. 

About the Y

As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community, we are dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a teacher, coach or camp counselor inspires a child and when neighbors come together for the common good.

Here are some of the highlights of how the MNBBY served our community last year. The MNBBY:

  • Provided over $1,235,498 in scholarships for membership and programs (no one is turned away for inability to pay for those who demonstrate need)
  • Employed 837 people and provided disadvantaged Meriden Youth with summer job opportunities so that they may learn valuable employment skills in their first job
  • Provided outdoor fun, adventure and friendship at Mountain Mist and Camp Thundermoon
  • Expanded our high quality affordable child care offerings for working families
  • Kept members active, healthy and connected to improve their mind, body and spirit
  • Introduced new programs for adults including Salsa Lessons, Adult Painting and Brain Gym in Meriden, Belly Dancing in New Britain, and Pickleball in both locations
  • Taught children and adults the lifesaving skill of swimming
  • Provided youth and adult sport lessons and leagues
  • Fostered creativity through arts, dance and STEM programs
  • Provided our Child Watch babysitting service at no extra charge to our full members with family memberships
  • Distributed and delivered over 500 holiday to-go meals on Thanksgiving Day and again on Christmas Day plus gave out toys from Santa
  • Housed over 80 men in our Hart House Member-In-Residence Program and provided holiday meals for them.

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