It’s very easy to look at the YMCA and see it as a place of “gym and swim” programs, a place to get healthy, a place to socialize with friends. Every YMCA, though, is much more than that. The YMCA is a charity.
Every year, the South Shore YMCA raises funds to distribute to families in the area in need, to allow them access to the many programs – more than 100 – that the Y offers. The target is to distribute $2 million across the South Shore, so that nobody who asks for assistance is ever turned away.
The following examples illustrate the impact that the YMCA can have on its community:
But the “Y” is not just a corporate entity, and it’s not just a charity. The Y’s Change-A-Life Fund represents the combined giving of three separate groups of people. First, the YMCA staff members, approximately 1000 individuals working in Quincy, Norwell, Hanover and Sandwich, kickstart the giving in late fall. Then, the YMCA’s board members make their pledges to the fund, and finally, the staff asks the community at large to help change lives. Four major annual events, and many smaller events, generate funds for the cause. Together - staff, board, members, volunteers, the community at large – we all make up the Y.
And there is much more to come in 2016.
The Emilson Y has completed construction of its SkyTrail©, and recently received a grant to begin anti-bullying programs that will teach young people to respect others and accept differences in each other. The Y’s Inclusion programs allow developmentally challenged children to experience the joys that all kids should experience. The Partnership programs allow those folks who are unable to exercise on their own to do so with a dedicated volunteer partner. After school programs in Scituate, Norwell and Quincy ease the strain of parents concerned about where their kids may be safe between the end of the school day and the end of the work day.
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