Impact Stories

Many of the Y stories below are made possible through community support. When you give to the Y, 100% of your gift goes to programs and financial assistance for children, families, and individuals in need. Together, we can close the achievement gap, promote healthy lifestyles, and provide life-changing experiences to families. Help transform lives by Donating today.

Miles Evans

Miles Evans says the YMCA Black Achievers program changed his life. “To be quite honest, it did not sound very appealing to wake up every Saturday morning when I could have been sleeping in, but I took my chances and attended with my older brother, Malcolm. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made...

Ronnie Felton

Ronnie spent many years walking around different neighborhoods as a Postman. In 2010, he underwent surgery for a knee implant that led to complications. Although Ronnie eventually became an amputee, he started going to the YMCA every day with financial assistance made possible through our Annual Campaign...

Kerri Kersey

“The Y has truly changed our lives. Watching how much the girls have changed, grown and learned since we started coming here is amazing and fulfilling. I’m improving myself as well and I’m at the Y practically every day. I’ve developed friendships. I’m eating healthier and I’m teaching my girls how to make smart choices too. I needed help, I asked for help, and I got help..."

Susan Reazor

Susan and her husband Jason have three children who have all been diagnosed with a clinically mild form of Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a condition characterized by fragile and brittle bones that can break easily. To help combat OI, they joined the Western Family YMCA where her sons could strengthen their bodies in a zero-entry pool...
Kids at Camp Tockwogh

Michael and Melissa

"My children, Michael and Melissa, beg me every summer to let them go back to Camp Tockwogh because they have a blast and make nice friends. Raising my children as a single mother has been difficult... Camp Tockwogh provides a safe environment for Michael and Melissa and it brings me peace of mind because I know they are being cared for and are having fun with friends."

Barbara Monaghan

Three years ago, Barbara Monaghan developed cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy. While going through treatments, a drug interaction and a complication caused a breakdown in her muscles that resulted in her becoming paralyzed from head-to-toe. Barbara was told that she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life...

YMCA Shayla Boys

Shayla, a single mom, says the Y embodies the warmth of a family and helped her during a difficult time. “The Y was more than just a facility to us, it was our escape.” Shayla and her children found new activities to try and gained new friendships with other families...

YMCA Livestrong – Barbara

“The LiveStrong program is Awesome. It was a lifesaver for me.”
Jessica on Suspension Equipment


“Maria now sees herself doing things that she couldn’t do before… it’s priceless.”

LiveSTRONG at the YMCA – KT

"We all help each other. We are a tight knit family now."

YMCA Livestrong – Olivia

“LIVESTRONG has really been an enhancement to my life.”


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