Let’s Do More Together
Help us create more meaning, reach more kids, transform more lives
Every year, the YMCA raises money to help more families and individuals access the Y’s programs and activities for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our Annual Campaign makes a huge difference in the lives of people throughout Glendale and it makes stories like this one possible:
A Second Home and a Way to Give Back
Bertha’s family has always considered the YMCA to be their second home. Her son Kevin attended the Before and After School Program, where Bertha could trust that he was safe, entertained, and getting academic support. And, through the scholarship program, Kevin and his sister Jessica were able to go to summer camp every year and learn piano, play tennis, and go horseback riding – all activities that wouldn’t be possible to do on their own.
Jessica, her sister Judy, and cousin Myrka were part of the Y’s Teen Program, which gave them an opportunity to pay forward all the support their family received. All three girls made first-aid kits for children in Romania, and Jessica and Myrka were chosen for a service learning project to go to Managua, Nicaragua, and visit needy children in orphanages and teach people how to recycle.
For this family, the Y has been not only a place to have a “childhood” as Jessica put it, but also a place to give back.
Help us help more people get a true sense of community. And help us continue to be a special place for people in Glendale.