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Annual Campaign UpdateOur Mission Valley/Toby Wells YMCA's have raised over $730,000 — that's 101% percent of our goal! Thanks to all who donated so we can continue the much needed work in our local communities.
March 2, 2016
The Community’s Need:It’s a fact that strong, stable, secure families form a solid foundation for the growth and success of all family members, particularly children in low-income areas. We are committed to reaching out to kids and families regardless of income, to provide support by engaging in the Y.
Our Commitment:We have a vision to significantly increase the time families spend together and, specifically, to engage 1 in 8 households in programs that will help family members of all ages and backgrounds learn, grow and thrive.
Last year, the YMCA of San Diego County raised $6,294,845 to provide Scholarships and subsidy to fulfill our mission to serve all people, regardless of their ability to pay. The need is urgent and growing — and it can’t be met without you!
The Impact of Your Investment:Our Association-led annual campaign focuses on supporting our highest-need communities throughout San Diego County. When you invest in the Y, your dollars will directly benefit kids and families in underserved communities.
Mission Valley YMCA By the Numbers:
- We provided $700,000 in Scholarships and subsidy to those in need.
- We operate more
than 25 child and youth development sites, caring for 3,500 children
every day. The Y is one of the largest child care providers in San Diego County.
- 8,000 individuals received Scholarships so they could belong to the Y and rely on our programs and facilities for their health
- This year, more than 250 volunteers will help us to raise funds.
- More than 1,600 donors have made an impact
Why Your Gift Matters
NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE COMMUNITIES
We’re helping San Diegans, just as thousands of volunteers are impacting communities across the country.
“I never thought that I would be eligible to receive Scholarships through the YMCA,” said Holly, YMCA Family Member and mother to a bright and thriving young girl named Mary. “Mary hasn’t had the easiest life,” and the Y “not only helped me as the parent but my daughter Mary as well.”
Holly believes that Mary has grown into the person she is today because of the Y. While camps and after-school programming gave Holly the child care she needed so that she could work, Mary was gaining in confidence as she was learning to communicate, share with others and make friends.
The Y “is preparing my daughter to become a strong, mature, healthy girl who knows the importance of her community and giving back to others. I could never repay the YMCA for the impact that they have had on my family and I could never thank the YMCA enough for being a part of my family.”
Because Mary loves the YMCA so much, she joined the Annual Campaign last year to help raise funds so that others may have the same opportunities that she was given.
Heritage ClubThe Heritage Club is comprised of individuals and families who support the mission of the YMCA of San Diego County – Mission Valley Branch through gifts to the Endowment Fund or by including the YMCA in their estate planning. It is the commitment rather than the amount that is the basic factor in qualifying as a Heritage Club member. Learn more.
Mission Valley YMCA
is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all
people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the
development of the spirit, mind,
Let's Take Care of Our Community Together!
Two years ago, Averie was a stubborn, antisocial and insecure teen. Before becoming a part of the first class in the uniquely free Youth Institute program at Mission Valley YMCA’s Cymer Digital Studio, she felt different, like she didn’t belong. But with the Institute, those differences brought her together with 20 other teens, learning digital media skills such as filmmaking and graphic design.
Still, it wasn’t just the software that taught Averie the lessons of a lifetime. “The Youth Institute at Cymer Digital Studio became a second home to me, a place where I belonged and wanted to be. It’s a place where you can be yourself without feeling judged,” states Averie. “I have my second family there, a family that we created. I will never forget the people and experiences.”
We're able to help
Membership and program assistance is available, according to policy set by our volunteer Board of Management:
"Programs of the YMCA shall be available to all, regardless of age, sex, or ethnic origin."
For information, visit our Scholarships section
Amy's y story
As a single mother of three children, Amy Munera knows the difficulties so many San Diegans face — juggling activities, managing the household, getting everyone ready for school, etc. What makes her routine a little different isthat all three of her children fall somewhere on the autism spectrum.
“For any mother, it’s hard raising three boys. Adding autism means therapy sessions, meetings with the school district to fight for your children, finding appropriate activities that are safe and supervised, etc,” Amy says. The one constant for her has been Camp I CAN, a unique partnership between Mission Valley YMCA and the Autism Society of San Diego.
This heavily subsidized summer camp provides an aide for every camper and gives children on the autism spectrum a traditional, summer camp experience. As Amy says, “In an otherwise chaotic and often challenging situation, Camp
I CAN has been a godsend. I know my kids are having fun, they’re safe, and they’re making friends... and most autism camps cost upward of $500 a week. Thanks to the money that the Y raises, Camp I CAN is half that.”