From Our CEO
A Message From Our President And CEO
We celebrate as we reflect upon 2016’s year of achievements made possible through the collective support of volunteers, members, Mission Partners, and staff. We have come far from our beginnings on 32nd Street, and the reach of our Y today is inspiring; 15 individual communities, 50,000 members, 4,000 donors, 1100 employees, and 3,094 volunteers served 54,029 hours.
Our buildings are filled with thousands of adults, families, and children, each with their unique story. These stories are true testaments to the important role our YMCA plays in the daily life of so many. We hear stories about building friendships, chasing dreams, inspiring hope, achieving goals, and building values. The common thread in all of them is our Y.
The Y’s impact is not limited to our buildings. We reach beyond our walls and meet our community members where they live. Our Y’s presence can be found in schools, churches, community centers, parks, libraries, senior centers, and in partnership with local hospitals. We believe in community affiliation and work tirelessly to collaborate with other non-profits, municipalities, and businesses because we know that together we are stronger and can do so much more.
We strengthen our communities with initiatives designed to serve the ever-changing needs of individuals and families. Our summer learning-loss prevention program gives hundreds of children the tools they need to stay on track academically through the summer months.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA offers a caring, supportive exercise program filled with hope and love for cancer survivors. Participants take the friendships and encouragement they experience in the 12-week program and share the power of the program with others. They gain the strength to live beyond their diagnoses.
What a beautiful legacy; our Y has generated a cycle of generosity and appreciation that affects both those who give and those who receive. Our impact extends far beyond our walls and as a result becomes part of who we are. Each board member, staff member, volunteer, donor, and partner is an extension of our mission in all that we do every day.
Leigh Houghland, President
Danny L. Carroll, Chief Executive Officer