MESSAGE FROM OUR LEADERSHIP
Dear YMCA Family and Friends:
Coming together for good is the emblematic theme for this year’s YMCA annual report. Our Y takes pride in the number, variety, and magnitude of collaborations we share with hundreds of businesses, other nonprofit organizations, municipalities, schools, and colleges in the communities we serve. In this report, you will learn how several of these collaborations have made a huge impact on the lives of so many deserving children, families, and individuals.
The totality of what we do for each of our Y communities is focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. In today’s world, raising kids can be a real challenge. At the Y, we provide a safe, supportive place for children to learn, grow, and thrive. We collaborate with many different organizations to provide the best possible opportunities for our youth through our day camps, afterschool, teen leadership, and many more programs.
At the Y, we are also about healthy living. The Y provides facilities, expertise, and motivation to propel members to healthier, happier lives. Our collaborations with local school districts and other health care providers are leading the way toward better health for all at a reasonable cost. The expansion of our individual and group programs hit a record high last year. We continue to research and add programming that meets the need of the communities we serve.
Finally, social responsibility is a key focus for the Y. We put a great deal of energy into mobilizing our staff, volunteers, members, and communities toward socially responsible initiatives, including Stewards of Children training, the Summer Lunch and BackPack Food Programs, partner memberships, and our Christmas gift/food programs. The impact of these services goes beyond measure.
The YMCA of Centre County continues to evolve in the communities we serve. We are finding and engaging new friends to join our long-time supporters in changing and improving the lives of our neighbors. Whether you are an old or new friend, thank you for making a difference for so many in our communities. Our Y could not do its work without you!