You Belong at the Y
There are many ways members feel at home at the Y. Check out the stories of these members and what the Y means to them.
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Join the Y: It Keeps Me Physically Connected & Mentally Engaged.
Military life means frequent relocation for Dauphne and her husband. They always seek out a Y in their new communities, which is where they find friendship and encouragement. Watch as Dauphne’s positive spirit leaves a mark on the staff and members of Junius Ward Johnson Memorial YMCA. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
World Service: We're Turning These Containers into YMCAs.
On January 10, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti. The aftershocks were great, but the ripple effect of Tom's volunteer spirit inspired his Ridgewood YMCA community to help rebuild in this resilient Caribbean country.
Dance: It Gives Me an Outlet to Express Myself.
From joining the dance company at YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, to teaching her younger brothers at home, to performing for large audiences, Hana lives and breathes dance. Learn how dance has boosted her confidence in herself and given her an outlet for processing emotions. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
Family Time: The Y is Our Happy Place.
Julie Deuser has always known that the Y is a great place for kids, but through Floyd County YMCA programs, she learned a new meaning of quality family time. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
Cancer Survivorship: It Helped me Put the Pieces Back Together.
Rita was not going to let cancer get in the way of her dreams of becoming an industrial engineer. While in recovery from her second occurrence of cancer, she juggled an internship, work, school and other demands. However, she still made the time to participate in LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA where she found that laughter really is the best medicine. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
You Belong at the Y
Search for the Y closest to you and visit their website to learn how to get involved today.
The Y is Better with You
There are so many ways to become involved in the Y. Find out what the Y has to offer you.
Participate in a Program
From camps to teams to classes, there are programs for all sorts of interests and ages.
Volunteer with the Y
By volunteering at the Y, you can work alongside your neighbors to build friendships, impact lives and contribute to a stronger, more inclusive community.
Work at the Y
You can turn your passion for strengthening community into a career. The Y has job opportunities for people of all skills, abilities and backgrounds to explore.