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.

Kate Henderson
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

(as told by Nicola Stewart) We all know that the Y offers Summer Camp, Afterschool Care and Early Learning Readiness programs for youth, but did you know our commitment to fostering the educational success of every child goes even further than that?

The Y has long been regarded as a great place for the youth to find employment, and that tradition has continued at the Bastrop YMCA. In

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

Lifeguard and Swim Instructor Nakita Higgins is no stranger to the water. Since coming to the United States for college from his native island of Nassau, Bahamas in 2013, the 24-year-old has found purpose beyond his full-time job

YMCA of Austin members come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Some travel longer distances than others to get here, both physically and metaphorically. One family that may have traveled the longest distance, in the geographic sense, is the Petrie family.

Charlie McGarty has taken great strides to change his life. At age 31, he weighed 365 pounds, had a severe alcohol problem, drug dependency, and eating disorder. After a period in a state treatment

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


Financial Highlights

Responsible fiscal stewardship is a driving force in the YMCA of Austin’s mission to provide programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.   

Recognizing Impact

Gratitude for a Better Us

The work that the Y of Austin was able to accomplish in 2018 was made possible thanks to the generosity of our many volunteers, staff, friends, family and community partners.

Jeff Bomer Legacy of Giving Circle

The legend of Edwin “Jeff” Bomer took root back in 1974 at his very first YMCA of Austin board meeting, when the main topic on the agenda was to discuss the possibility of shutting the Y down.