My name is Andrew Matthews, and I get to see the things the YMCA does that others don’t see.
I don’t just get to see people improve their health in the gym – I’ve seen them improve their language skills in our ESL classes.
I haven’t just seen families come in for sports programs - When individuals have come to us, escaping dangerous home situations, the Y helped them while they rebuilt everything.
I haven’t just seen kids learn to swim – When desperate parents, looking for work while raising kids, look for help, the YMCA stepped in.
NEARLY A QUARTER OF EVERYONE YOU SEE AT THE YMCA HAS BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, OR FINANCIAL AID.
My own experience isn’t any different. Years ago, I started working for the YMCA when I needed daily radiation treatments. It made it hard to hold down a job with regular hours. The YMCA said “We can work with you.” I’ve been here ever since, and I’m grateful for the chances I’ve had to make an impact.
So please consider giving to our Annual Campaign so we can continue supporting those programs you see AND the work not everyone gets to see.