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On May 16th, 2019, the YMCA of Austin celebrated 66 years as an organization at our annual celebration dinner, Gather ‘Round.

The YMCA of Austin is very pleased to welcome Juan Ybarra, new aquatics director for the TownLake branch. Juan comes to Austin from El Paso, where he served for almost six years in the aquatics department of the El Paso Y. His official first day at TownLake is Saturday, May 18, 2019. Please help us welcome him. Juan writes:

Hello Team,

Annually each May, the YMCA of Austin comes together to show our deep appreciation for the profound impact that our volunteers, invested members, staff, and donors have in delivering our mission every day. Gather ‘Round is coming up soon on Thursday, May 16 from 6 – 9 PM at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Hey there! I’m Bridget Thomas, the Health and Wellness Director at the East Communities Branch. I wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our new, value-added (AKA free for Y members!) classes that we recently added to our group exercise schedule.

At the YMCA, volunteering is a cornerstone of all we do, from coaching youth sports to serving on our boards, fundraising to holding babies in Child Watch. We are so grateful for the contributions that our talented, diverse volunteers make to the YMCA and the greater community.

TownLake Y Volunteer Coordinator Michelle "Michie" Reid is pleased to recognize May 2019 Volunteer of the Month Eddie Coats. Michie writes:

Dearest YMCA members, staff, and community,


YMCA staff member Eleesha Mandeles started working at the TownLake branch in 2015, after the Y was suggested to her by a job coach.

We’re shining a spotlight on one of our specialty fitness classes, Women with Weights!

A Y Staff member shares the true meaning of our Annual Giving Campaign with a touching story about accessibility and Membership For All.

The following story is authored by a Bastrop YMCA Staff member and reflects her own experience as a Y employee.

Playwright and performer Florinda Bryant first joined the YMCA seven years ago, and we love seeing her at her home branch of East Communities and around the community. She recently debuted a powerful new theatrical work, Black Do Crack, an exploration of the mythology of the strong black woman.