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Y member Jane Hayman is a testament to what many personal training clients know: One-on-one support can transform not just your body but your life. 

Hayman was preparing for a trip to Africa last year and had a goal to see a particular group of gorillas in the wild in Rwanda.

Congratulations to Katie O’Neil, our most recent Super Member All-Star Highlight (aka SMASHer) here at East Communities! 

Since the beginning of our global organization nearly two centuries ago, volunteerism has played an integral role in transforming lives and strengthening communities.

By Michelle "Michie" Reid

TownLake YMCA Volunteer Coordinator

On Friday, April 26, students from Hill Country Middle School volunteered at the TownLake Y for their Community Project Day. It was a special experience for the students, teachers, and our Y community.

For eight days in April, TownLake Community Engagement Director Erin Walter represented the YMCA of Austin on an exchange to trip to Togo in West Africa. Funded by a grant from the Mandela Washington Fellowship and the U.S. Embassy, Erin facilitated a three-day training for Togo fitness instructors, educators, and social workers on how to lead dance fitness classes with a focus on diversity and inclusion. 

YMCA Camp Moody Groundbreaking Ceremony

The YMCA Camp Moody Groundbreaking Celebration was a success! We were nearly blown away (literally and figuratively) with over 200 supporters in attendance and nature's power and beauty to impress us all on Saturday, April 13. It was a memorable day of reflecting on all the generosity and hard work that has brought us to this point, and celebrating what is to come in the near future.

Hays Communities YMCA member Cheyenne Bell recently spoke to a group of donors and volunteers where she spoke about finding the strength to endure pain – to allow it the space it needs to exist while also finding ways to heal.

Hays Communities YMCA board member Amanda Rickman grew up in Kyle and has committed to serving this community of neighbors. She became a Y member back in 2011 just before her wedding, and she joined because her sister was a member and they both wanted a workout partner.

Every year the Bastrop Education Foundation chooses a select few students from a pool of candidates to be that years “Rising Stars,” a group of students who the teachers feel are truly exceptional in and out of the classroom.