Every day when I step into the YMCA on Huntington Ave, I find myself in awe of the community that has been built here.
From my daily interactions with our teens, who inspire me with their creativity, self-expression, leadership, and vulnerability, to our Families in Transition, who are here, not just dreaming of a better life for themselves and their families, but working hard to get there every day, I am motivated.
I am motivated by our members who show up, day after day, on memberships provided by our scholarship program. They team up, get to know each other, and work towards stronger, healthier, more well-balanced lives, not just for themselves, but for our community. They make friends, they work hard, and they don't let each other down.
I am motivated by the people in our community who will soon participate in our LiveSTRONG program, seeking their "new normal" as they reclaim their health after a cancer diagnosis.
I am motivated by members of our community who, despite having had health set-backs in their lives that have broght them to the brink of Type-2 diabetes, are determined to return to health, to show up (even when it's hard), and reach their goals.
I AM MOTIVATED TO SHOW-UP AT WORK WITH THE BEST THAT I CAN GIVE, TO DEVELOP AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS, MEMBERS, CLIENTS, AND OUR COMMINTY TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS THEY HAVE SET FOR THEMSELVES.
HOWEVER - these programs: our teen leaders program, our membership scholarships, our lifestyle programs, and our Families in Transition housing program, is supported by the money we fundraise for the YMCA. It's donations from friends and family like YOU who provide the capacity for us to build a stronger community.
Building a stronger community and a better us is a cause that is important to me.
People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps. Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. Playing outside has become a rarity. And instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow.
But where societfalls short, the Y – and you and I can step in. Together we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people throughout Greater Boston who will turn to the Y for encouragement and support. Everything the Y does is in service of making us – as individuals and a community – better.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Y today in support of my efforts to strengthen community.
100% of every dollar donated to the YMCA’s annual campaign stays local. Your kind gift will build a better us by ensuring that the Y’s doors are open to all.
Together we can achieve so much more. Every gift makes a difference. Everyone has a role to play. Please join me and give today.
The Y. For a better you. For a better community. For a better us.™
THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BUILD A BETTER US