My name is Yolanda Gaines and I'm the Aquatics Coordinator for the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA. Thank you for taking the time out to visit my page. I've been with the YMCA for 8 years now and have seen first hand the impact the YMCA has in the communities they serve. One of the biggest impacts they have is teaching kids a life saving skill in learning to swim. Two children die every day as a result of drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. It is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14. Research has shown that participation in formal swimming instruction can prevent drowning. The Y is the nation's leading provider of community-based swim lessons. How many times have you heard someone say. " I learned to swim at the YMCA." ? A lot of families can not afford to put their child in formal swimming lessons at the YMCA and other programs we provide. How many times have you heard someone say, " I never learned how to swim." ? As a charitable nonprofit, the YMCA relies on donors and volunteers to ensure that thousands of local kids and teens get the opportunity to participate in our programs. Membership fees keep the lights on and the doors open. Donations to the Why it Matters Annual Giving Campaign make it possible for us to ensure that no one is turned away form the Y due to the inability to pay. Swimming is a life skill that everyone should have access to. Help me to save lives by donating to our annual Why it Matters Campaign. 100 % of every dollar donated goes directly to the individuals in our community who need us most. Please join me and support the Y by making a donation today. Your gift will truly make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need the Y most. Click Donate Now to make your donation.