Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Naples YMCA and Collier Area Transit Announce Partnership to Create YMCA Stops in Collier County

The Greater Naples YMCA and Collier Area Transit (CAT) have taken a monumental step forward in making family-friendly health & wellness affordable and accessible to everyone in Collier County.  The partnership was announced Friday at a press conference held at a CAT Transit stop in the Golden Gate neighborhood.

Starting this summer, CAT transit will offer five stops throughout the county that will be YMCA Stops. At four of those stops, children enrolled in YMCA’s Camp Wyhoway summer camp can ride the bus with a YMCA Camp Counselor to and from the Naples Y.  A fifth stop will service the Marco Island YMCA.  In addition to the Y-specific stops, a drastically price-reduced Paw Pass will be offered to make the service affordable all summer.

“This is a huge step in helping us reach kids and families who otherwise could not attend camp.  Our partnerships with organizations like the Richard M. Schulze Foundation and NCEF have made camp affordable. Now with CAT Transit we are making camp accessible.  It’s a win for kids in Collier County,” states YMCA President Paul Thein.

The five YMCA Stops are located at the following locations (view map):
· Immokalee Road at Creekside Connection
· Golden Gate Pwky  & Tropicana Blvd
· 3rd Street South & Hwy 41
· Davis Blvd & Kings Lake Square
· Tamiami Trail at Charlee Estates (serves Marco Island)

“Collier Area Transit (CAT) is excited about its partnership with the YMCA and thrilled to be a part of an initiative that provides a safe and fun way for the youth in our community to enjoy the summer”, says Michelle Arnold, Director of the Public Transit & Neighborhood Enhancement Division for Collier County.

“This opportunity allows me to get to my job at the Y and be the everyday contact for parents and students who will ride from this stop.  I’m excited to have this option and to get to know my regular summer camp riders,” added YMCA Camp Counselor Jen Reyes, who will be the Golden Gate YMCA Stop Coordinator.

Families who purchase all 10-weeks of Summer Camp at the Y will automatically receive a Paw Pass free of charge, all others will be able to pay a one time fee of $30 and ride all summer long from June 1st  through Aug 31st.  All current students or YMCA campers can purchase their Summer Paw Pass by visiting the Intermodal Transfer Station at 3355 Tamiami Trail at the Collier County Government Center or by calling 239-252-7777.  Questions about the pass should be directed to Jim Giangrosso at CAT via email atjamesgiangrosso@colliergov.net

On-site registration and financial scholarship applications for YMCA Camp Wyhoway will be available on-site at Golden Gate Elementary and Shadowlawn Elementary May 26-29th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Applications and registration is always available the Greater Naples YMCA Campus. For more information contact the Y at 239-597-3148.

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