YMCA Stories

February 07, 2018

For A Better Us - 2018 Annual Campaign

Every day, the Y supports kids, adults, seniors and families with programs that protect, teach, connect, heal, nourish and encourage. Everything we do helps empower communities and the “us” who live in them tSam and Drakeo thrive.

“The only concern I had about joining the Y was what the price would be.” Samantha Bergeron shares, “As a single parent with a single income, I was worried.”

Thanks to Membership For All, the Y made belonging easy for Sam and her son, Drake. “The Y has changed us in a positive way. I couldn’t ask for a better place for Drake to learn all of these amazing skills. Not just swimming or basketball, but also how to be a team player and how to make and socialize with friends. I love how the Y has built up his confidence. I couldn’t be prouder of how far he’s come!”

ShannonShannon Murphy was a budding young writer when her life changed permanently. While on assignment with the Peace Corps, she was bitten by a mosquito and developed encephalitis. She became nonverbal, requiring the constant support of her family and an aide.

The core values of inclusion at the Y mean that we can make a difference to an ever-broadening range of people. Thanks to assistive technology, Shannon has been able to return to her passion for writing at our Downtown Writers Center and is working on a series of stories through a weekly creative nonfiction workshop. Shannon has even been able to take notes at times in her own hand and has been encouraged by workshop members to work on a memoir with her aide, Kelly.

NasirOur YMCA Power Scholars Academy™ tackles the achievement and opportunity gaps facing children from high-poverty areas. Nasir was one of our scholars in 2017. She got up at 6am every morning to help her mom get her sisters ready and was always on top of her work at Power Scholars.

Our Director of Education shares that Nasir “always tried her hardest because she has big goals in life. Nasir wrote when she grows up she wants to be a ‘leading, determined woman’.”

When you donate to the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, you make
our communities in Central New York better and the “us” who
live in them stronger. Donate to the Y - for a better us.

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