For those of you who know me, you probably already know that the YMCA has been a large part of my family and had a big role in developing me into the person I am today.
What you may not know, is why i'm so passionate about the work we do...
To some, The Y is a place to go work out, play basketball, or maybe take mommy and me swim lessons. This role is important to our community and I'm glad that we can can provide those resources.
However, what truely makes me proud to be a part of this organization is that we are often times the only ones who can tell families "Yes". Thanks to our giving community we are able to put those resources back into the families who need it most.
My Y Story:
A few years ago I was working the front desk of our child care branch. We shared a building with the Family Support Center and other community resources so it wasn't uncommon to have people in need come asking for directions. One evening in June, a mother and her two young boys came in asking for help. She needed somewhere for her boys to go once school got out and you could tell she was exhausted of hearing the same old, "I'm sorry, but we just can't help you". By this time of the year, our camps were already full, but I couldn't bring myself to be another person to tell her no.
We were able to pull some strings and get her two boys into one of our camps at no charge to the mom. I got to spend a lot of time getting to know these two kiddos at the summer camp I worked at and they had a light about them that was so contagious and pure. Throughout this summer we were able to supply them with free lunches, and even sent them to resident camp on a complete scholarship.
We later learned that these boys and their mom were homeless, living in a tent behind a Taco Bell. This family and their story is why I donate to the Annual Campaign.
My story is not unique in the sense that The Y makes things like this possible for families every day thanks to donations made to the Annual Campaign. Join me in giving back to our community!