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Paul McPhee

"My dad Paul McPhee suffered a spinal injury in 1965 leaving him paralyzed. As he grew older, his body had other thoughts, making it more challenging for him to pull himself on loftstran crutches, transfer, and maintain his balance. His determination to maintain his independence with the help of the Emilson YMCA and the Partnership Program gave him back his quality of life. Katelyn Szafir and others on the team supported him in his journey, and went to great lengths to bring in special equipment to allow him to stand, and balance safely. My dad died on Feb 10, 2014 but his memory, determination, and passion for life live on through all of us. The YMCA was his second family and he valued their commitment to the wellness of others. You gave him dignity, respect, and love, so much so that he had to come and see everyone to say goodbye and to walk those parallel bars one more time before leaving all of us. Thank you to the YMCA family for all that you do to truly make a difference in the lives of others!"

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Who We Are - Our Charitable Mission

The South Shore YMCA is a charity. Dollars raised through charitable gifts to our Change a Life Fund ensure financial assistance and accessibility to programs and services for all.

Why We Fundraise

Each year, requests for donations to our Change a Life Fund are made to our Staff, Board, Members, and the Community to raise the funds necessary to keep the Y accessible to all.

Funds are also raised through Memorial Gifts, Planned Giving, Corporate Matching Gifts and our Signature Special Events: The Taste of the South Shore (March); Golf Classic (July); and Rodman Ride (September).

Your Y membership and program fees cover the Y’s operating expenses. The financial assistance opportunities we provide are fully funded through charitable donations to the Y’s Change a Life Fund, which is raised annually.

100% of donations to the Change a Life Fund are used to ensure no one is ever turned away.

How Your Donation Changes Lives

  • In 2016, the Y’s food pantry in Germantown served 4,354 individuals providing basic necessities and connecting them to life-changing services.
  • At the Y’s Quincy and Emilson Branches, your donations helped 4,473 kids attend swim lessons and learn the skills and confidence needed to be safe in the water. Living in coastal towns, drownings are the 2nd leading cause of death for children.
  • Your donations provided opportunities for 2,097 seniors to get out of the house, socialize with friends and participate in programs which improved their health and well-being.
  • A total of 612 students were served by the Y’s Early Learning Programs.
  • As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, 1,400 individuals participated in the Y’s Medical Wellness Programs.

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