When I was a teen, I had the privilege of being a part of the Teen Program at the Downtown Y in Chattanooga, TN. It was through Youth trust I gained confidence, joy, leadership skills, friendships, organizational skills and the understanding of impacting others. The Y was the place that I could be me. It was the place that I learned I had things to contribute to society. For a teen, this is life altering. With the kick-start there, I worked at YMCA Camp Ocoee, a resident camp, and experienced the magic of camp. I was able to have a front row seat in watching little kids change for the better during their week of camp because of the freedom to be themselves, as well as the opportunities to take risks, build relationships and find a place to belong. It really is magical.
I decided to dedicate my life to the Y. I believe in its mission of being FOR ALL and the promise to strengthen the community it is part of . I am privileged to do what I do everyday, but we wouldn't be able to accomplish our mission, make our magic and strengthen communities without your help.
Last year my Ys accomplished the following through donations:
2,321 learned life saving water safety skills in community pools so we can prevent drownings
3,314 kids had a safe and active summer camp experience where they gained confidence, friendships and joy
1,238 families in food deserts were given 13,466 lbs of fresh fruits and veggies so they could provide fresh food for their families
10,500 Meals were delivered to kids during breaks when their next meal is not guaranteed.
110 Preschoolers learned how to speak English to help with the transition into kindergarten.
306 Teens were given a safe place to grow, learn and serve.
3,016 athletes learned lessons on and off the fields and courts through our youth sports programs
2,403 seniors gained a sense of community through our program and trips
The impact we have had is amazing; we need your help to do it again and to grow our reach! I give to the Y because I believe in the work we do and feel proud to support an organization that is committed to serving everyone. We are no doubt for ALL.
Please join me and support the Y with a gift today.