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Gloucester Y looks to form its own advisory board

The Gloucester Family YMCA, now in its fourth year of operation, is seeking volunteers to establish and serve on its first advisory board.

Although it opened in 2016 as an extension of the Mathews Family YMCA, the Gloucester Y has been operating independently for some time now, said extension director Nick Johansen. However, it can’t be considered a fully independent branch until it has its own board of advisors.

Johansen said the Y hopes to find six to 10 volunteer advisers who are dedicated to the three-pronged mission of the Y—guidance, advocacy, and support. He said he has been talking with individuals and has sought the advice of local businesses and organizations in an effort to recruit board members. Three or four people have already expressed an interest, he said.

While staff members advocate for the Y as much as possible, said Johansen, their jobs are in-house and can’t replace the broad reach of an active, knowledgeable advisory board. He said it’s ...

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