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June 5, 2021

YMCA Buffalo Niagara Launches New Y on the Fly Program

(Buffalo, NY) – YMCA Buffalo Niagara on Saturday launched its new Y on the Fly program, with a kickoff celebration at Taggart Playground in Lackawanna.

The goal of Y on the Fly is to deliver important programs to areas of Western New York that may be unable to access full YMCA services. Y on the Fly is a mobile YMCA that visits communities and offers free programs aimed to help youth of all ages stay active and engaged in mind, body, and spirit. Y on the Fly provides healthy meals to children and families, educational enrichment, physical activities, games, and more.

“The Y believes that all children deserve access to resources that help them learn, grow, and thrive no matter where they’re located,” said John Ehrbar, President & CEO of YMCA Buffalo Niagara. “We’re grateful to our partners for their support in helping us launch this important program, which will allow us to reach more children and families – including those beyond the physical walls of the Y.”

“We’re excited to have YMCA Buffalo Niagara’s Y on the Fly program come to the City of Lackawanna at Taggart Playground this summer,” said Mayor Annette Iafallo. “This is a great way for children and families in Lackawanna to stay active, healthy and spend quality time together in a fun and safe way.”

Y on the Fly will make weekly stops through September 3 at four parks in Lackawanna, Niagara Falls, and the City of Buffalo. For more information about this free program and to view the full schedule, please visit

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY.