When you make a donation to the Family YMCA’s annual giving campaign, the For a Better Us Campaign, you give more than money. You give opportunity to children and families that they cannot provide for themselves—opportunity to strengthen spirit, mind, and body in a community-centered, faith-based environment that is unique to the YMCA.
Every donation touches a single life, creating a positive future for the children and families of our community. Here are just a few lives that have been changed by the Family YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties.
Eric makes his way to the Y every day and spends his time in the lobby greeting member and guests and thanking them for coming in when they leave. When asked why he comes to the Y Eric responded, “It is my only social activity and I can be with my friends”. The Y is Eric’s second home, a place where he is a part of a community that cares about each other and they care about Eric.
What you don’t know about Eric is that he experienced a traumatic brain injury that has affected his ability to do many things that we take for granted in our life. The Y and its members accept Eric with unconditional love and care and Eric knows that the Y is his place to belong.
Help us continue to serve Eric and many others in our community who need the Y. Your investment makes it possible for us to support children, teens, and adults – regardless of their ability to pay. Donate now.
Grandkids Loves Dancing
Grandmother’s are special people, and even more so when they take on the role of primary caregivers for their grandchildren. One such Grandmother had been looking all over Salem for programs that would let her grandsons participate, but several places turned them away because her two grandchildren have autism. When she found the Y, she was so happy to join and have a place where her family could belong!
What you don’t know about this family is that both grand kids love to dance! The YMCA Inspiration Dance Company welcomed both kids into classes and for the first time they felt accepted. Participating in dance has helped socialize the children and allowed them to experience things they would never have had the chance to otherwise. Because of the progress they’ve made, both grand kids were able to attend Camp Greider last summer for the first time!
Help us continue to serve Grandparents and Grandchildren and many others in our community who need the Y. Your investment makes it possible for us to support children, teens, and adults -regardless of their ability to pay.