The YMCA of Metro Atlanta makes a significant difference in the lives of 250,000 individuals in our communities, every day. That’s why I’m proud to be a Y Champion for the YMCA.
So much more than a gym and a great place to swim, the Y develops vital programs and services for ALL people in Metro Atlanta to reach their full potential. Today, 1 in 4 children, teens, and families needs financial assistance to be a part of the Y. As a charitable nonprofit, the Y relies on donations from people like you and me.
Please join me and support the Y with a gift today.
Above are the details of why it is valuable to support the YMCA. I would like to take a moment to share why I support the YMCA.
When I was 12 years old I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As you can imagine life is already complicated for a teenager and when you add on a chronic disease that now demands insulin every day it made for a rough time. I was blessed because the Y was there for me. The Y hosted a camp for children with diabetes. It was led by amazing Y directors, passionate doctors and a counselor staff made up entirely of type 1 diabetics. They showed me that my life was going to be okay.
What was amazing was how this camp transformed my life. I was introduced to amazing leaders like Bob Kahle, Patrick Kelly, Curt Hazelbaker, Dr. Maryanne Morris, Jean Litton, Galen Horton, Brad Smith, Jen de Ridder, Greg Hanes, Jack Lafferty and many, many more. They taught me how to be passionate and how to give to a cause bigger than me. God placed them in my life. God continues to bless me with these and new powerful mentors and leaders.
This last year was even better. My team at the Northwest and Paulding YMCA's continue to have a major impact on our communtiy. They are putting the mission of the YMCA into action and I could not be prouder of them. I was also exposed to a leadership program called Leadership Cobb and I was part of the LC15 class. I was able to learn from leaders stronger than my current skill set. I continue to be in awe of them and how they are teaching me to increase how my team can make a difference.
I encourage you to take a moment to call me and let me show the work that we are doing. A gift to the Y is a investment in your and our community. While you might not live in Georgia your gift can send a child like I was when I was 12 to camp. You never know but your donation might help to raise a child that one day leads staff and volunteers as the create programs like our Reach and Rise Mentoring program.
I ask you to make a meaningful gift. While $100 will be huge for our YMCA a $80 monthly gift would feed 500 children for a week or send 3 at risk youth from our mentoring program to our resident camp for a week.
I thank you for your support. I thank you for helping my team and I to do more. I thank you for being a leader.