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Dearest YMCA members, staff, and community,

 

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.

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.

Last year, little painted rocks began to show up all over the city of Bastrop. Some were big, some were small, but all of them were painted and placed for one purpose, to make people smile.

The Austin Humane Society is Austin’s oldest and longest-running animal shelter, and it is committed to preserving and improving the life of every pet that comes through its doors. The YMCA of Austin’s Communications Impact Team toured the facility to meet some of the lucky dogs and cats there and to learn more about its tremendous benefit to the Austin community.  

As you prepare your gift lists for the holidays, consider supporting your local community through charities and by buying from small, local businesses. Choices like this put your dollars right back into the place you live and help keep local economies thriving.

Texas is big in land and heart. We can't wait to see how (and what!) you give this season! 

Give Texas-Made Gifts

ACT I: The Jubilee

In an odd autumn season that has fluctuated between scorching heat and dreary month-long downpours, you could easily say it has been a challenge for families to plan great activities together.

The holiday season is a great time to reflect on blessings and give back to our community. And getting our children involved can help strengthen family bonds, reinforce family values and provide lessons in caring. With that in mind, here are some ways the whole family can lend a helping hand.

Dearest YMCA community,

I woke up today with so much hope because of the kindness we share in our Ys every day. Then I glanced at the news, only to see the headline of yet another mass shooting. My heart sank.

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