From Our CEO
A Message From Our President And CEO
Welcome to our Y. Anchored in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, the YMCA has the long standing relationship and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Strengthening the Virginia Peninsulas is our cause and we serve three crucial areas of focus to help individuals, families and communities learn, grow and thrive.
Thanks to the support of community members like you, individuals throughout the Peninsula were able to achieve great things. We are changing lives together and are pleased to share a few of these stories as we celebrate highlights from 2014.
The Y is for Youth Development, because we believe all kids deserve opportunities to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Through the Y in 2014, there were 233,388 service opportunities. Our summer camp program was one of many significant accomplishments of the year. Over 18,603 kids attended camp at 14 different locations throughout the Peninsula service area. Summer learning loss was one of the social issues we addressed this year. With tremendous support from our corporate partners, Y campers read 23,238 books and participated in our first summer STEM fair.
Second Grade Learn to Swim is a signature program funded through community gifts with support from the YMCA endowment fund. In 2014, 721 children were introduced to free swim lessons throughout our service area. Every second grader in Northumberland County was given the opportunity to participate in swim lessons and water safety at the YMCA. In all, over 2,300 children have been served through this program. We still have a long way to go to reach our goal of every child in second grade, over 7,800 children annually. When our endowment reaches $10,000,000, we will be able to serve 7,800 children every year and our community will be a safer place for our children.
The Y is for Healthy Living, improving the nation’s health and well-being. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. In 2014, we had 594,400 service opportunities. The Y is uniquely positioned to partner with local hospitals and with support from Y-USA, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA was offered for the first time this year. Newport News and Isle of Wight County served as our launch sites offering 4 sessions serving 48 cancer survivors and patients with a program designed to help navigate services ranging from emotional support to insurance, employment, financial and treatment concerns. This program is provided by the YMCA at no cost to the participant and will be expanded to multiple branches by 2016.
The Y is for Social Responsibility, giving back and providing support to all our neighbors. The Y has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical needs for 118 years. Whether developing life skills or emotional well-being, welcoming and connecting diverse populations, or advocating for healthier communities, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve. The Y is for the entire community, and is open to everyone.
In 2014, The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA launched Togetherhood, a new volunteer program designed to bring communities together and provide service projects for our members and program participants. In November, over 270 volunteers teamed up to make a difference by leading service projects in the Newport News community.
- Thanksgiving: 435 Dinners were served or delivered
Y Volunteers provided and delivered Thanksgiving Meals for the homeless and “alone” at three locations throughout Newport News
- Heart to Heart: Heart Pillows for Mastectomy Patients
Members created/sewed heart pillows for mastectomy patients
Togetherhood will be expanded into all our locations by 2016.
In all, in 2014 we had 845,473 service opportunities. We are grateful for your commitment to our mission. Working together, we are changing lives and strengthening our community.
Robyn Hansen, President 2014 – 2015
Danny L. Carroll, Chief Executive Officer