When the Coast Guard Station Menemsha boathouse was destroyed in a massive fire July 12, the 22 crewmembers lost their weight room and workout equipment.
In the aftermath, commander of Station Menemsha chief Jason Olsen said he hoped to find another facility to help boost crew morale. But that requires a government search process and time.
This week, the recently completed YMCA cut through the red tape and offered crewmembers free access through the month of August in its spacious strength and cardio facility.
“It is a great strength of the Island that when an unfortunate event occurs, the community comes out in full force to offer support,” Nina Lombardi, Y membership director said. “The Y is an Island-wide community center and we are eager to open our doors to the Menemsha Coast Guard Station while they get their feet back on the ground. I look forward to seeing members of the Menemsha Coast Guard and their families here at the Y this summer.”