YMCA: Father's Day highlights importance of family
The daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.
Nationally, one out of three children lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect fathers’ ability to seek support in strengthening their parenting skills and more fully engaging in the lives of their children.
The Y remains dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.
“Today, Father’s Day reminds us why it’s important to recognize fathers and provide them with the support they need to be the best parents and caregivers they can be.”
To learn more about programs and activities available at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Branches, contact us at 203-777-9622, or visit www.cccymca.org.
The above information was provided by Donna Gill Lisitano, Marketing and Communications Director, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.