ExxonMobil will donate $25,000 to the ExxonMobil YMCA to provide three-month YMCA memberships to about 170 North Baton Rouge residents, according to YMCA of the Capital Area.
“The YMCA has been one of our strongest partners, incorporating proven best practices from around the world to serve the most under-resourced members of our local nearby neighborhoods,” said ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Public & Government Affairs Manager Stephanie Cargile. “If we are going to move the needle forward in positive outcomes for the neighbors we care deeply for, we will need to continue to leverage these evidence-based models and collaborative relationships.”
COVID-19 highlighted the health disparities in Black communities in Louisiana. According to the most recent data, African-Americans comprised more than 55% of COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana but just 32% of the population. “There’s a structural issue that’s taking place here, it’s not a genetic issue for all non-white individuals in the U.S.,” says Greg Millett, director of public policy at amfAR.
“The Y believes that all people deserve to live life to its fullest regardless of where they live,” said Christian Engle, President/CEO, YMCA of the Capital Area. “Our Strategic Plan calls for us to ensure that diverse, underserved and isolated communities feel supported by the Y. The Y’s call to action is centered around improving our community’s health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors.”
The Y and ExxonMobil are working together to improve access and opportunities for physical activity and connectedness for North Baton Rouge residents. For more information on YMCA memberships and programs, please visit ww.ymcabr.org.