THE Y. FOR A BETTER US™
Every day, the Y works to address the most pressing needs in the community it serves by making sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
The Annual Campaign helps individuals and families in need participate in Y programs, such as afterschool care, youth sports, health and wellness, employment skills training, swim lessons, summer camp, teen leadership programs and more. From exercise to education, from volleyball to volunteerism, from preschool to preventive health, the Y doesn’t just strengthen our bodies. It strengthens our community.
As one of the leading nonprofits for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y depends on financial gifts to do its vital work.
Every gift matters. Everyone has a role to play. Together we can build a better us.
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Monthly giving opportunities
$10 a monthYour gift provides three children swim lessons and water safety instruction
$25 a monthYour gift sends two children to Summer Camp for life-enriching activities such as sports, art and science.
$50 a monthYour gift will allow 10 children to participate in the Y's Gymnastics Program highlighting skill building, sportsmanship and self-confidence.
$100 a monthYour gift gives three deserving families in our community a one-year membership to the Y.
$250 a monthYour gift provides two children a safe, year round afterschool environment.
Helping Families Thrive
It’s often said that being a mother is one of the most challenging, yet
most rewarding jobs in the world. And if you ask Valerie Wilcox, she’ll definitely agree.
Valerie, a single mom to Logan, age 8, first brought her son to the La Jolla YMCA over four years ago. After her previous childcare provider (a personal friend who gave her a great deal) moved away, Valerie wasn’t sure how she was going to be able to afford childcare on her hair stylist’s salary. Plus, to make matters even more challenging, Logan was diagnosed with ADHD. Valerie wasn’t sure where she would be able to find the kind of caring, personalized attention her young son required that would work within her limited budget.
When she learned about the La Jolla YMCA’s Scholarships program, Valerie figured she had nothing to lose. She applied, and was overjoyed when she was accepted into the program.
“Many people in San Diego can’t afford quality childcare,” said Valerie. “The Scholarships provided by the La Jolla YMCA gave me the opportunity to put my son in an amazing, supportive, safe environment with personalized care that has allowed Logan to thrive. I honestly don’t know where we’d be without it.”
Logan is very active at the Y, enjoying karate, swim lessons, camp and the Characters Builders program. He’s formed strong bonds with his caregivers as well as developing lasting friendships with other children in the program. Valerie believes that the strength and stability of these relationships has helped develop Logan into the intelligent, sweet, loving boy he is today. Even during especially challenging times, Valerie and Logan rely on their friends at the Y for support.
“Logan has really bonded with Jose and Emily in the Character Builders program,” said Valerie. “They truly understand and connect with him, and have even helped develop his reading skills. Logan is excelling this year in school and I believe the Y has had a positive impact that extends outside their walls and into other aspects of Logan’s life. I can’t thank the Y enough for letting us into their family.”