David Duro and David Ward holding a large check

Blue Cross of Idaho Commits $2 Million for THRIVE

Downtown Boise Y News & Events, Featured, In The News
April 1, 2022

MERIDIAN, Idaho, March 30, 2022 – Blue Cross of Idaho announced a $2 million donation to the Treasure Valley YMCA to build a second THRIVE center as part of the new Downtown Boise YMCA project.

The THRIVE Center (Together Helping Realize Inclusive Victories Everyday) is a safe space for those who are on the autism spectrum or have physical or cognitive disabilities. In September 2019, Blue Cross of Idaho donated $1 million to the Treasure Valley YMCA to build a THRIVE Center at the South Meridian YMCA, which opened in February 2020.

“Blue Cross of Idaho is honored to once again partner with the Treasure Valley YMCA to ensure that all Idaho children have a chance to grow and thrive,” said Dave Ward, Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO for Blue Cross of Idaho, “The creation of the first THRIVE center at the South Meridian YMCA proved to be successful, and it seemed only fitting to support a second center in downtown Boise. We are committed to the health of all Idahoans which is why we are proud to invest in such a worthy cause.”

Child on a swing

The need for this resource has been proven by the community demand and use of the facilities within the Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one in 44 children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which translates to 9,000 children in Idaho. In the West Ada School District, 10 percent of children are identified for Special Education according to the Idaho Department of Education.

“We believe in a Y for everyone,” said David Duro, President and CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. “That means we believe everyone, regardless of age, ability or background have the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. We are grateful to partner with Blue Cross of Idaho to create a second THRIVE center within the Treasure Valley to provide even more life-changing, inclusive and adaptive programming for the community.”

Currently, the Y has initiated several specialized programs to serve this population with great response and is excited to grow programming with this new dedicated space. The THRIVE Center will be an environment for kids and families to feel safe and welcome, build confidence, be active, have fun, feel successful, and more importantly feel included.

The new THRIVE center will launch with the completion of the new downtown YMCA. The project aims to break ground in 2023.

Blue Cross of Idaho Employee Donations Made "Ollie" Possible in the Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA THRIVE Center