Like many of you, I learned to swim at the YMCA. When I was in high school, I participated in a service club at my school that was sponsored by the Y. There, I learned leadership skills and the importance of helping others. Fast forward to today...the YMCA has provided so much to so many! Walton Communities is proud to partner with the Y. They provide swim lessons for both children and senior adults, exercise classes for our seniors, mentors for our children, life-saving CPR classes for our staff, volunteers and book donations for our annual Book Parade, fresh fruits and vegetables to residents who live in food deserts through the Fresh Markets...and SO MUCH MORE!
Many of us think of the YMCA as a "swim and gym", but did you know that the Y helps preschoolers for whom English is a second language prepare for school through the Little School? Did you know our local Y has set up a food pantry at Brumby Elementary School so that students and families who don't have enough to eat can concentrate on learning instead of being hungry? Did you know that our local Y feeds hundreds of children during school breaks through the "School's Out" lunch program? Did you know that our local Y provides mentors who spend real quality time with kids who need a friend? Did you know that our local Y provides great programs for senior adults -- from fitness to education? Did you know that our local Y helps both kids and adults realize that they can do so much more than they ever dreamed?
This past summer, my 7-year-old granddaughter participated in a Kids Triathlon sponsored by the YMCA. At the beginning of the summer (at the time she signed up to do it) she could not swim or ride a bike. Two months later, she was crossing the finish line after having swam 4 laps in the pool, biked 3 miles and run a 1/2 mile...all because someone at the Y told her she could do it...and she believed she could. Her confidence has soared.
All these programs cost money. I am asking you to donate so that my Y can continue the amazing work they are doing. 100% of your donations go directly to the programs (no administrative or facility upkeep costs). Won't you join me with your gift in support of the YMCA? No gift is too small...it all counts!
Proud Board Member at the McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA