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Campaign's True Meaning
The following story is authored by a Bastrop YMCA Staff member and reflects her own experience as a Y employee.
A woman walks into her local YMCA and begins looking through programing information. She sees so many things that she and her young daughter would love to try––things that could help her live healthier, things that could help her daughter find something she loves to do. But when she sees the prices, her heart sinks. She quietly puts the flyers down and begins to leave knowing she could never afford to enroll herself and her daughter in these programs on her income. As she turns to head for the door, she hears a voice behind her.
“Welcome to the YMCA! How can I help you?”
She turns around to see a Y employee with a welcoming smile eager and ready to help. “I’m sorry, I just wanted to see what programs you had for me and my daughter but I can’t afford any of them,” she admits a bit embarrassed.
“That isn’t a problem at all,” the employee says with a smile. “Have you heard about our Financial Assistance Program?”
Three months later the woman sits in the bleachers watching her daughter's first-ever soccer game. As the little girl runs across the field, her pigtails fly in the wind and she races to keep up with her new teammates and friends while her mother cheers her on. After the game, the daughter talks and laughs with the other children while her mother makes small talk with other parents. They’ve both found community, they’ve both found belonging, and that little girl has found a love of soccer that may grow and last her whole life long.
This is what the Annual Giving Campaign is all about. Stories like this one happen in every YMCA across the nation every day of every year. People like that woman come in searching for something, and the Y makes sure that no one is turned away because of their financial circumstance. The YMCA believes in healthy living, youth development and social responsibility for all and thanks to our wonderful and generous communities every year, we provide Y memberships and program scholarships to our neighbors in need so that no one is left behind. Talk to staff at your Y branch today to see what fundraising events are coming up and what you can do to join us in our mission to provide Membership For All.
For more information about our Annual Giving Campaign, visit our website.
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