James A. Hodge, Jr. Receives Highest Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Volunteer Award
The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA recently awarded their H. Richard Brew Volunteer Service Award to James A. Hodge, Jr. of Derby, CT for long time service and commitment to our Y.
The H. Richard Brew Volunteer Service Award was instituted in 2005 as a way to honor the 35 years of volunteer service to the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Association provided by H. Richard Brew. While given upon his retirement from the Association Board of Directors, it is intended that his legacy be honored in subsequent years by presenting this award to volunteers who have demonstrated character, commitment and long-term dedication to the YMCA.
James Hodge began his YMCA involvement when he was recruited by Rae Sharp, former Executive Director of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA in Bridgeport, to serve on the board in 2005. Through the years he has supported the work of the Center, led it through transitions and served not only as the chairman of the Board for six years but also as its representative on the Association’s Board of Directors. He has been a strong advocate for youth and for encouraging other adults to invest their time, talent and treasures into strengthening the foundations of the community, especially the East End of Bridgeport.
The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is a community service agency dedicated to addressing community needs that enrich families, promote health and wellness, develop youth and build self-esteem for all. YMCA membership and participation is open to everyone regardless of race or ethnic background, religious preference or ability to pay. In 2011, the CCC YMCA served 3,000 families daily in child care programs; 10,000 kids participated in youth sports programs; 15,500 children took advantage of the Y’s instructional swimming lessons; 4,693 kids attended one of our day camps, 776 youth experienced the magic of resident camp; and 1,685 people were served through one of our housing programs. The CCC YMCA also provided $3.37 million in direct financial assistance to more than 6,000 children, individuals and families. The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is based in downtown New Haven with eleven YMCA branches in Greater New Haven and Greater Bridgeport while also operating YMCA Camp Hi-Rock, a 1,000 acre residential and day camp in Mt. Washington, Massachusetts. W cccymca.org