Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
Across the country, the Y helps people give back and assist their neighbors by offering those opportunities to volunteer, advocate and support programs that strengthen community. The YMCA of Youngstown has been listening and responding to our communities’ most critical social needs for over 100 years. Whether developing skills or emotional well-being through education and training, or preventing chronic disease and building healthier communities through collaborations with policy makers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.
The Central Y celebrated the completion of its year-long, $5 million renovation project at the Renovation Celebration on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The Y hosted more than 150 attendees to view the new facilities and learn about the specifics of the project. Speakers at the event included Y Board Members, Richard Hahn; Thomas Fleming; Thomas Gacse, President/CEO; Mike Shaffer, Central YMCA Executive Director; and Gregg Strollo, Y Board Member and project architect.
Attendees were invited to take tours led by YMCA staff members to see the new and improved spaces. The new facilities, equipment and programs at Central include a new Free Weight Room, High Performance Studios, expanded Cardio Center, Group Fitness Studio, Family Adventure Center and KidZone babysitting room as well as an updated lobby and entrance area. High Performance Studio 1 features Human Sport Equipment, the latest technology in cable based training as well as TRX Suspension training for beginners to advanced. High Performance Studio 2 includes 12 Rounds Boxing Circuit Class, Jump Stretch and Cross Fit equipment. The popular Sandy’s Café, now operating on the first floor, offers expanded lunch and light breakfast options along with the new Gallery eating area.
It was amazing to see the YMCA mission speak through the YMCA Leadership who gave details about various advancements and growth within the YMCA and the Youngstown community. In his remarks, Tom Gacse explained that the “Youngstown YMCA is not just a fitness facility, we’re a family.” Mike Shaffer added a quote from Ted Downie to his comments explaining that, “given the resources we had, and looking at the challenges we faced with this project, this is nothing short of a miracle.”
We continue to be grateful for the amazing community that surrounds and supports us in our mission to advance youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Thank you to our wonderful members for keeping this mission alive through your membership at the Y.
Welcome Tom Gacse
After a national search, Thomas M. Gacse, long-time Y member and former board chair, was selected to replace Timothy M. Hilk as President/CEO. Prior to starting with the Y on January, 1. Gacse served as a magistrate in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Since 1998, he has given of his time in many volunteer roles with the YMCA, including chair of the 2014 and 2015 Annual Campaigns, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and a volunteer for various committees and causes. Most recently, he has served as the chairman of the board of trustees. Gacse has also served as an elder at Old North Church in Canfield, has been a fixture at noontime basketball at the Central Y for 25 years, and has coached and refereed for a number of youth sports leagues.
“Our search committee had many applicants express an interest in our YMCA of Youngstown,” J.D. Mirto, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in the statement. “While this role requires many skills and experiences, our committee placed the highest priority on finding a visionary leader to expand upon our already strong foundation, inspire new organizational growth, and address the most critical issues facing our communities. We were fortunate enough to have those skills in one of our own.”
The Y Mission, Personified – Mr. Tom Jarabek
We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Tom Jarabek, a 95-year-old, lifetime supporter of the YMCA of Youngstown. Jarabek’s journey with the Y started at 17 when he and his younger brother left their Campbell, Ohio home and moved into the downtown YMCA on North Champion Street. The Youngstown Y was an affordable option and natural transition for the young men to move into their young adult lives. Tom and his brother befriended the building manager, who not only offered to let them stay in rooms on the 5th floor, but also offered them jobs as custodial staff to cover the cost of their room and board. Tom’s weekly pay of $25 covered these costs, and left him with 4 cents spending money. As Tom said, “In those days, you could get a lot for 4 cents!” As a custodian, Tom’s jobs included cleaning the pool, making beds for railroad workers staying at the Y, cleaning offices, and painting and washing walls. He also recalled the YMCA’s restaurant, The Garden Inn, the basement barbershop, the Rotary Club meetings, practicing music in the Manchester Room and the WKBN Radio Station on the third floor.
Music has always been a central theme in Mr. Jarabek’s life. Considered a protégé of local musician Michael Ficcocelli, he started playing with the junior symphony in Youngstown at age 13 and moved on to the senior symphony at age 16. Tom continued to play for the Youngstown Symphony while living and working at the Y. After a couple of years, Tom, who has the gift of perfect pitch, was sent to a Chicago school by an employer to be formally trained for tuning instruments. Upon arriving, Tom asked the taxi driver to take him to the nearest YMCA, where he then gained employment and residency for the next two years. Tom worked at the Chicago YMCA as a room clerk. He especially loved “Talent Night” every Thursday, where he would entertain crowds with an accordion playing friend he met while there.
After returning to Youngstown in his 20s, Tom played violin during the popular Slovak, Hungarian and Italian hour at the WKBN station at the YMCA, where he continued to tune the piano.
When we asked Tom what comes to mind when the YMCA is mentioned, he says the past, but also the great impact that the YMCA has on families. He recommends that every family should join the Y because it is the best place for children.
Mr. Jarabek was able to attend our Centennial Celebration in 2015, and the Central YMCA Renovation Celebration this year, and was amazed at the improvements to the building he grew to know so well over the years.
Everyday Ambassadors at the YMCA
We periodically have people come into our lives who completely redefine our idea of what it is to be an amazing person. We’re lucky enough at the YMCA to see wonderful examples of caring, compassion and love in our members every day. This month we are pleased to feature two members who go out of their way to show love to others and constantly amaze us with their ability to touch the lives of people in need. Not only are these women dedicated members of the YMCA, but they are dedicated members of society working to improve the well-being of many.
Angela Douglass, a Kent State University nursing professor, is a true example of an ambassador at the Davis Family YMCA. Highly involved in the spinning program, she considers her classmates family. Angela is known for bringing cards for everyone to sign for class member birthdays, condolences, and well-wishes. Class instructor, Melanie Angiuli, describes Angela as their “corresponding secretary” and speaks highly of Angela’s caring and compassionate attitude, saying, “She’s always checking in on people and making sure they are doing well!” Angela was also the Tour de Spin Captain this year.
At the Central YMCA, Alice Rair is a top example of what it means to be a YMCA Ambassador. Alice regularly shows up as a cheerful participant in the Central YMCA’s water exercise classes, and has become the groups unofficial goodwill advocate. She never fails to bring get-well, birthday and every other kind of card with her to class and has everyone sign them. Her thoughtfulness and dedication to making others feel special in times of celebration and difficulty are greatly appreciated by her peers and the staff at the YMCA.
If you know of a member of either Davis or Central that you consider to be a YMCA Ambassador, let us know! Contact Marykaye Carlson, Director of Development and Marketing, at (330) 742-4797 or at [email protected] with information and a photo, if possible, of this person so we can feature them in our next newsletter!
Growing and Changing at the Y
As we welcome new members to our YMCA staff family – others change positions and some leave us to enjoy their retirement. We would like to recognize three special staff members. Kevin Ruse joins our YMCA family as Membership Director, Eric Buckingham moves into his new position as Facility Manager, and Karl Reder, Sr. retires from his position as Maintenance Director.
Kevin Ruse comes to us with a great deal of experience from his work in many different industries. Kevin began his career on a very different path than his eventual 20 plus year career in the pharmaceutical and wellness industry. Initially, having earned his Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, Kevin’s goal was to pursue a career in law enforcement. Following graduation from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, Kevin served as a State Trooper in Warren, Ohio. However, Kevin’s keen interest in physical fitness and healthy living ultimately changed his life and the direction of his career. After some time, he accepted a position as a Medical Nutritional Sales Representative with Abbott Nutrition, a Division of Abbott Laboratories. This position allowed him to combine his professional knowledge of fitness and nutrition with business. Additionally, Kevin has received numerous awards in both sales and bodybuilding, and is even a Certified Personal Trainer.
Eric Buckingham has been an essential proponent of our major renovation project through the past year, and has moved into the official title of Facility Manager. Eric is a 1996 graduate of Bowling Green State University where he received his degree in Recreation Administration. Upon his graduation, he worked with the Centerville-Washington Park District for several years. Eric began his career at the YMCA in 2000 at the Middletown Area YMCA where he served as Youth Program Director, and met his future wife, Jane Yerian. After moving to Boardman, Eric worked at the Jewish Community Center and also as a substitute teacher before accepting a position as Youth Program Director at the Davis Family YMCA in 2003. In 2007, Eric became the Membership Director at the Central YMCA and in February of 2016, moved into his current role. Almost immediately upon assuming his new position, the Central YMCA started its $5 million renovation project that Eric has been tirelessly dedicated to.
Karl Reder Sr., former Maintenance Director of the Central YMCA, has recently retired from his position. Karl started at the YMCA in 1998 as the Housekeeping Director. In 2006, Karl was promoted to the title of Maintenance Director where he served until his retirement this year. Karl consistently used his extensive mechanical knowledge to keep the 100+ year old Central YMCA in great shape throughout his tenure. We wish Karl all the best in his retirement. Mike Shaffer, Executive Director of the Central YMCA, said that, “Karl was able to keep our 101-year-old building humming along, using his mechanical skills to rebuild pumps and motors, keep water fountains and air conditioners going, and most importantly, keep our two beautiful swimming pools crystal clear and at an ideal temperature. He was great at making Y members feel cared for and was quick to respond to any concerns they expressed. We miss him and wish him a long and happy retirement.”
Thank You & Good Luck to Tim Hilk
YMCA CEO, Tim Hilk has moved on to assume the CEO/President position with the Greater Cleveland YMCA. During Tim’s tenure, he was a driving force behind the Growing Together Capital Campaign, which raised over 10 million dollars. As part of that campaign, a 5-million-dollar renovation of the Central YMCA is over halfway finished and we expect a completion date of December 1, 2016. A significant portion of the funds for the Central Renovation are new market tax credits. Tim and our volunteer leaders worked extremely hard to secure 2.1 million dollars in funding to get the Central Project jump-started. He also played a large role in envisioning a new YMCA in Western Mahoning County, and has helped to cultivate the donors that can make that a reality in the near future.
Tim also helped the YMCA of Youngstown enter the information age by utilizing SEER Member and Employee Surveys. He showed us how to use member feedback and data to implement strategic decisions and positive change. Tim continued the tradition of Youngstown Leadership, possessing a strong Christian emphasis. We thank Tim for his work with the YMCA of Youngstown, and look forward to seeing him promote the mission of the Y in Cleveland. Best Wishes!
Central YMCA Renovation Project
The Central YMCA has been undergoing a series of major renovation projects since February 15. The YMCA has remained open throughout the renovation process, and the newly remodeled areas will be available to members very soon.
Director of Development and Marketing, Marykaye Carlson said, “The renovation of the Central Y will allow us to immediately expand offerings to better meet the needs of our community. I can’t wait to see the members’ faces when they get to experience all that has been done in this renovation to make their experiences at the Y better than ever!”
Most recently, the demolition of the front office space took place to make room for a new Child Watch/Babysitting area as well as a Family Adventure Center. The second floor fitness area is well on its way to completion. As of June 14, Sandy’s Cafe opened in its new first-floor location, and is available for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The café-like setting offers customers a variety of sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and home-cooked specials that change daily.
According to Michael Shaffer, Executive Director at the Central YMCA of Youngstown, “After seven months of hard work on our 100+ year old Central Y, we are beginning to see some wonderful changes take place. The new Sandy’s Cafe has been attracting lots of new customers in its 1st floor location. On Monday, September 26th, cardio and Hammer Strength equipment will be available in our new second floor Fitness Center. The cardio center will feature a great view of downtown Youngstown, tons of new equipment, and a comfortable climate controlled environment. New 60″ TV screens will enable you to enjoy your favorite show while you work out. Our new Group Fitness Studio, also on the second floor, will open on Monday, October 3rd. This studio will have a stunning “floating floor” that is ideal for fitness classes. So if you’ve stayed away this summer because the building was hot and dusty, please come for a visit and check out your Central Y!”
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to this newly renovated, state-of-the-art area to continue to achieve your health and fitness goals.
ReSolution: YMCA Community Helps Family in Time of Need
A week before Christmas, Yvette Soto of Youngstown came home after picking up her children from school to find the front door open and two men driving off with their haul: two televisions, a laptop computer, and the Soto family’s Christmas presents. Her husband, Robert, was on his lunch break working in the produce department at Wal-Mart when he got the frantic call from his wife that they had just been robbed. He left immediately.
“When I got there, the police had already come and gone. I got in the house and saw everything was gone, and my bedroom had been violated,” Soto says. “It’s really bad when you know people had been in your space. You hear stories, but it’s different when it happens to you. But as long as my family is ok, I don’t care what was taken.”
The Sotos have eight children. Their eldest, also named Robert, will be graduating from high school next year. They also have three adopted children, and four foster children. When the younger Robert was just five years old, Soto joined the Youngstown YMCA and enrolled his son in the Y’s Youth Basketball Leagues. An avid fan of basketball and the New York Knicks, Soto also volunteered his own time as a coach, which he has continued to do for 10 years passing on his love of the game to the kids who participate.
“I do it because I love it,” he says. “A lot of these kids don’t get to play all the time, and they look forward to it.
Other Y members and volunteers have come to know Soto and his family very well. So, when D’Nelle Seiple, Youth Sports League Director with the YMCA of Youngstown, first saw the story on the evening news, she immediately got in touch with other YMCA volunteers who knew Soto.
“He’s more like family than just a coach in my league. That weekend, during the last game of the season, we passed the hat all day and raised $1,600,” Seiple says. “People were just pulling cash out of their pockets; people who didn’t even know him. All of the proceeds for the concessions were donated as well. It was truly amazing.”
“I just couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know all of these people, but the fact that they gave of themselves was just overwhelming,” he says. “We are grateful for everything; their response and their generosity. That’s true feelings right there.”
With the donations from his YMCA family, as well as some from the community, Soto was able to replace the stolen gifts and purchase a TV for the house. He recalls one member from the community saying something that has stuck with him: ‘In times of need, you’ve got to help and you’ve got to pass it forward.’
“When he told me that, I got it,” Soto says. “I understand that there comes a time when anyone might need some help. That time came for me, and now I just have to keep passing it forward.”
Standout Basketball Student Keeps Central Y in His Heart
Every year, thousands of children come into the gymnasiums or take the fields to participate in the many sports programs offered by the Central YMCA. These programs serve the youth of the community by helping them to grow and, most importantly, have fun while making new friends.
With so many children coming and going, it can be difficult to get to know all of them. However, each year there are always a few that not only touch the hearts of YMCA staff, but put a smile on the face of all who they interact with. Robert “CJ” Duson epitomizes the kind of child who can brighten even the gloomiest of moods.
For four years, seven-year-old CJ was active in the Y’s youth basketball leagues, camps and clinics. Every year, a new sign-up would be posted, and like clockwork, CJ’s name would be on the list. So in the early spring, when his mother, Kawaini, informed the Y’s youth sports director, D’Nelle Seiple, that they would be moving to Twinsburg, Seiple was shocked that the upcoming Winter basketball league would be CJ’s last.
“To make the transition easier on CJ, his mother asked me if he could attend four of the six summer basketball camps we offer, even though his is seven years old and legitimately qualified for only one of the camps,” Seiple said. “Needless to say, neither his age nor his small stature ever came into play because his huge heart and amazing spirit reigned over the both of them.”
In true CJ fashion, he cheered for each camper, regardless of their skills or what team they were playing for. His smile was contagious, his hustle and hard work were beyond measure, and his enthusiasm brought such a joy to each of the camps he attended. The camps had a tremendous impact on CJ’s self-confidence and spirit as well, a fact that was not lost on his mother.
After they moved, the Central Y received a letter from Kawaini detailing the powerful effect the leagues had on CJ.
First, I want to thank the YMCA Youngstown location for the wonderful experience my family was blessed to have these past four (4) years. We moved to the Boardman, Ohio area in February of 2010 and I was in a completely new city without any family or friends. We originally visited the Davis branch, being it was located in the city we resided. I later learned of the Youngstown branch and signed my son Robert (affectionately called CJ) up for the Youth basketball league. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made! This league took my son “under their wings” and has helped to empower him and push him to greatness as a kid. He looked forward to being a part of the Basketball leagues EVERY time there was an opportunity. For the past two (2) summers, he has participated in the summer camps they offer. This has allowed him to work on his skills in an individual and group setting. I have noticed that his leadership skills have improved tremendously and the camp leaders ALWAYS speak greatness into his life. To show how much this camp means to him, even with us moving an hour away, I personally drove him every day for two (2) weeks to this summer Basketball camp! There was no way he was going to miss this opportunity!
I truly appreciate all this branch has done for my son. Even though we have physically moved away, to the Twinsburg area, our hearts will be forever with the Y in Youngstown. I know that the foundation of his basketball love was formed through them and with their help. He’s met many coaches and camp leaders during his four years there, but I want to personally mention D’Nelle Seiple and Erin Moore (I even call them Coach…LOL) for a tremendous job on making this Basketball program a 10!!!
Family Camp Making an Impact for Generations
Camp Fitch is usually understood to be a great summer youth camp. This is very true; however, one of the most powerful experiences for many Camp Fitch participants is the family camp experience. For many, this experience and connection goes back to the very first memories in life. One fifty-year-old dad describes holding his mother’s hand as they walked together to the Lake Erie beach to swim and make sand castles. Children who came to family camp at a very young age and continue 30, 40 or 50 years later have made Camp Fitch family camp a life long tradition.
Five years ago, knowing that our one August week of family camp was completely full, we decided to start a second week in the middle of August. As a part of this project, we were able to acquire funding to support families that needed extra help financially, as well as families that have a child with an intellectual or physical disability. This special week of family camp includes several families with extra challenges and the results have been significant. Listen to how one parent described her experience:
“Camp Fitch Forever! I was so excited when I was informed about this fantastic opportunity. Our family loves Camp Fitch. When we first arrived at camp, it was apparent that we were not alone in struggling with the responsibility of caring for a child with a disability. We were able to basically partake in a support group around a campfire while our children’s eyes were being opened to the fact that they were not the only children afflicted with difficulties, and the siblings were able to see other siblings dealing with coping and helping. What a blessing Camp Fitch Family Camp was to our family.”
Families attending camp in the summer are able to swim, ride a horse, go sailing and canoeing, hike on our 450 acres of trails, make a craft, rock climb, sing around a campfire and much more. It is the very best possible family bonding experience imaginable. The YMCA of Youngstown is transforming families at a Great Camp on a Great Lake – Camp Fitch.
A SPLASH of Confidence
Each year nearly 300 children younger than age five drown in swimming pools and spas, and more than 3,200 children that age go to hospital emergency rooms due to submersion injuries. Many of these tragedies could have been averted if these people had known how to swim and how to boat safely. With less emphasis today on water safety, both locally and nationally, many people just don’t know what to do in potentially dangerous situations.
The YMCA SPLASH program is meant to help remedy this problem. YMCA SPLASH is a week-long introduction and orientation to swimming and water safety. It includes information on how to stay safe at the beach, in backyard and public pools, at water parks, and while boating. Parent education is also part of the program for younger children. The goal of this program is to teach people of all ages, especially children and families, the importance of water safety and following good safety practices. The program is open to the entire community and is offered at no cost.
Tonya Clark brought her boys, Trayvone (age 11) and Jasoni (age 7), to SPLASH this year and was surprised at how much the boys learned about water safety. “I thought it was mostly just for fun,” she said, but was pleased that the boys were exposed to many techniques and safety measures that they could take to stay safe around the water. Trayvone was hesitant to swim before SPLASH, but now loves the water. Ms. Clark said that they do not have the opportunity to swim very often, but because of SPLASH, she wants to try to become a member of the Y.
The Youngstown YMCA Association has run this program for the past 9 years, and it continues to be well received. Each year we educate around 250 children and parents. The Y is uniquely qualified to deliver this program because of our expertise in aquatic programs. We have provided our community with quality aquatic programs for over 100 years, teaching people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and incomes how to swim. Such programs build a foundation for a lifetime of safe, healthy participation in aquatic pursuits.
Annual Support Campaign Blessed by Generous Giving and Dedicated Volunteers
For this past winter and spring, Camp Fitch volunteers have been fully engaged in raising support for our campership program. The Fitch portion of the Youngstown YMCA Annual Campaign is called the 4-372 Initiative, and has the goal of providing camp scholarships for “372” campers this summer. Our success is a direct result of the efforts of over 30 volunteer campaigners. Rick Dearing, Fitch board member and campaign volunteer, has helped out with the campaign for many years, however this year was a break-through experience for everyone involved. Rick’s passion for this important mission motivated him to share the Fitch story face-to-face with his family, friends, and co-workers. The result: over $20,000 in gifts that will provide scholarships for over 40 campers this summer.
Many folks in the Youngstown community know about Camp Fitch and have even experienced it up close and personal. Those associated with camp know the power the Fitch experience has to help kids discover themselves, make deep connections with new friends, and find a new level of confidence and hope. One of our big challenges is articulating our mission so that others understand and appreciate the transformational work we do.
On behalf of all of the children otherwise unable to afford the Camp Fitch experience, we offer sincere gratitude to the Dearing family, the employees of Dearing Compressor, and others who responded so generously to Rick’s request. You are making a big difference in the lives of so many children.
Major Gift to Camp Fitch: A Trifecta of Giving
At the end of Family Camp, as we were preparing for the weekend-long Centennial Celebration, longtime family camper John DeLillo approached me and said “You know, if there’s anything I can do for you, just ask,” after which I thanked him and asked him to head up the hill to set up all of the dining hall tables under the tent near Sheetz Pavilion. As I turned away, he stopped me and said, “No, not that kind of help. I own a paving company and come November we get kind of slow. I could send some guys and machines up here and take on some big project that you’ve been dreaming about.” That certainly got my attention, and after the Centennial wound down, John came back to Camp and we walked around, putting some dreams on paper.
The Ohio Paving crew worked far longer than just November – they were here well into February, until the snow got too deep and the air too cold, and came back to finish up as winter began to loosen her grip. In that time, John and his crew made a significant impact and brought not just labor and machines, but also expertise in landscaping camp settings and a renewed momentum for master site planning. As the newest member of the Camp Fitch Board, John has already made a great impact on Fitch.
Projects that were completed with Ohio Paving to date include re-routing the service road to the Centofanti Equestrian Center around the east side of Beecher Lodge, building wide pedestrian paths with easy footing up to the Centofanti Equestrian Center from both sides of the Upper Flat area, making a desperately needed upgrade of the path to our Rifle Range, demolishing the old horse barn, and expanding the usable surface at our maintenance area.
This was a valuable gift in three dimensions: time, talent, and treasure. It is rare to receive such a substantial gift that includes all three aspects, and Camp Fitch is grateful for these subtle, but very important upgrades that have made getting around our site a joyful experience all by itself.
Serving Adults with Special Needs
For many decades Camp Fitch has been serving adults with intellectual disabilities. For seven weeks in the summer, campers from age 21 to 81 enjoy the fellowship that is so special at Camp Fitch. Participants take place in traditional camp activities like archery, swimming, horseback riding and crafts. The staff are well trained, energetic young people who know how to sing a rousing campfire song, lead a group dance, laugh and learn together. It is a nurturing community that boasts a very high return rate and the highlight of the year for many. This program has a capacity for 20 campers each week and is filling fast. Call the Camp office at 1-877-863-4824 for an application and additional information.
Teens Find Their Voice at the Y
Pastor Judah Early was the guest speaker for “Teen Speak Night” Saturday, March 21 at the Central Y. The Pastor addressed more than 200 young people from Youngstown with a message entitled “1 Life.” He told of his extreme challenges as a child and how the obstacles of life must be met with intentional goals and determination while walking with God.
SPEAK is an acronym that stands for Silence Prevents Education And Knowledge, a non-profit that encourages young people in our community to use their voice to speak up in their schools and with their peers. This was the first collaboration between the Y and SPEAK and was very well received by participants. “This was one of the most incredible nights of my life,” said Jayla Thompson, a senior at Chaney High School.
The night was filled with praise, worship, dance, kickball, dodge ball, free food, free hair cuts and lots of fun!!!! The night was capped off with a Staff vs. Student basketball game with the staff winning 21-13. DJ “Get It” kept the night rocking with the latest tunes.
The event was hosted by the YMCA Leader’s Club as a fundraiser with part of the proceeds going toward the Annual Campaign.
Areas of Focus
• Social Services – Training, resources and support to empower our neighbors to make change, bridge gaps and overcome obstacles.
• Global Services – Support systems that welcome, celebrate, educate and connect diverse demographic populations in the U.S. and around the world.
• Volunteerism & Giving – Voluntary contributions that fund, lead and support the Y’s critical work.
• Advocacy – Collaborations with policy makers, community leaders and private and public organizations to develop youth, prevent chronic disease, build healthier communities and encourage social responsibility.