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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.

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

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.

Learn 5 ways volunteering can enhance a teen's life.

Summer is the perfect time for teens to put their out-of-school hours to work, and no matter the organization or time commitment, volunteering is a great way for teens to grow and learn. So whether it’s a one-time stint or an ongoing gig, if your teen is staring down a long summer of boredom, encourage him or her to volunteer.

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:

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.

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.