Dear Y Friends,
Reflections tell us who we are.
They’re mirror images that help us see ourselves.
They can dispel illusions or confirm beliefs.
That’s why the process of reflecting is essential to place our work in context and give it meaning.
With this in mind, we dedicate this Community Impact Report to hold a mirror up to the YMCA of Austin.
Across Metropolitan Austin, we see more than 130,000 men, women and children who benefited from Y memberships and programs in 2018, regardless of their economic circumstance.
Look closely and you’ll find yourself as well, whether you’re a Y member, program participant, employee, volunteer, partner or donor.
You play a critical role in building a more connected, healthy and engaged community for all.
You enable people of all abilities break through barriers and experience the joy that comes from moving their bodies.
You teach thousands of kids how to swim and be safe in the water, providing a lifelong and life-saving skill.
You give opportunities to those in need – from kids hungry for a nutritious meal to the homeless just looking for a place to bathe.
You fulfill our vision of creating the most accessible and affordable camp and retreat center in the region.
You help newcomers and seniors alike find stability while building a sense of community.
Aspirations may drive us, but our actions define us. Looking back, we can share in the pride of a job well done. But we are humbled by the realization that our work is never done.
Chair, Metropolitan Board of Directors
YMCA of Austin
James P. Finck
YMCA of Austin
Kim Castro began working at the Y 6 years ago. She’s taught Zumba classes, instructed the Diabetes Prevention program, became a certified personal trainer, taught first graders to swim through Project S.A.F.E., helped man the lifeguard stand when needed and now, she’s the lead instructor for LIVESTRONG at the Y, a cancer survivorship program at the Hays Communities
For many Y Volunteers, connecting with a community or service-focused cause at our branches is not only a way to impact neighbors, but it’s also often a way to serve themselves, whether through self-reflection or simply just grounding oneself
Kari Perez moved to Austin when her community theater in Houston closed down after Hurricane Harvey. “We had water coming up from the floor,” Perez said. “We had water coming down from the ceiling, and the Board decided to not [rebuild] the theater because the damage was really bad. I was out of a job. I didn’t have a car or a place to live. I needed a change. I needed a move.” Perez
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