60 years, the Y has worked to support communities. Today support Atlanta and our neighborhood by ensuring that local kids and teens have the help they need to prepare for kindergarten, stay on-track in school, grow as leaders, and learn how to contribute to a stronger community.
I learned to swim at the old East Jacksonville Y in a small outdoor pool near the Gator Bowl. I also began my fundraising efforts for the YMCA at an early age, selling candy bars door to door with my brother to build a YMCA (and a pool!) in my Central Florida community. We got it done back then and today nearly 60 years later, the Cocoa YMCA is a still a thriving place with the facility I helped build. The programs in that faciliity continue to provide activities and growth for the children and families of that Y. Today in East Atlanta my family benefits from the work done to build the East Lake facility and its programs. Our grandchildren have grown and learned at the East Lake Early Learning Center and are now doing well in elementary school. My wife, Lynne, regularly hits the new treadmills at East Lake. While I don't get to the pool as much as I would like, we both try to stay healthy with the help of our Y. Meanwhile, I am working as an East Lake YMCA boardmember on a committee to make sure that the programs and facilities are what our community deserves. The work is not done. There are always new children to teach, new senior citizens to serve and new families to support. Through wellness and hunger relief programs, the Y helps people of all ages stay active and healthy. That is why I support the WHY IT MATTERS Annual Giving Campaign.
Many do not know that the YMCA is a nonprofit organization. I want you to know that 100% of every dollar donated has a lasting impact on the people of metro Atlanta by ensuring the Y’s doors are open to all – regardless of their financial circumstances.
Please join me by making a donation today. Your gift will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need the Y most. Find out how easy it is to do . . .