The Y makes strengthening our communities our cause. We count on the generosity of our donors to help us nurture life lessons in kids, foster health and well-being among people of any age, bring people together to pursue passions old and new and provide mutual support for everyone in our neighborhoods.
As Community Outreach/Grants Specialist (and volunteer youth baseball team coach) at the Copley Family YMCA, I am constantly inspired by the positive impact we can have on the collective improvement of a majorly underserved area of a major metropolitan area.
The only reason the Y is able to stay 100% accessible, offer subsidized pricing and financial assistance is because of our Annual Support Campaign and people like YOU who contribute to this effort. Please consider giving today.
My Y Story
I could go on and on about why the City Heights community in central San Diego is deserving of attention and support, but I will share the Y story that is about a simple game.
This past autumn, we debuted youth baseball at our Y, becoming the only youth baseball league in the City Heights community of San Diego. I was asked to coach the team, and gladly accepted. After a few lively discussions with the players about what our team mascot should be--"The Orioles!", "The Giants!" and "The Giant Orioles!" were all options--we got to practice.
Like any new team, the skill level had its disparities. Our team also had kids from a variety of backgrounds and personalities, including one child with high-functioning autism. We welcomed everyone on the squad and we focused on the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting and playing baseball the right way with hustle.
While it didn't always look like the major leagues, the games were fun and provided a chance for kids to come together and bond over sport. It also provided a great opportunity for their parents to be proud of their children.
Our little baseball teams plays right into the focus areas of the YMCA: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
And nearly every single player on the team was able to participate because of the Y's financial assistance program.
Now onto City Heights, San Diego:
For the uninitiated, City Heights is a unique neighborhood in a unique city: Over 95% of the children in our service area qualify for free or reduced lunch in school, 36 different languages are spoken in our community, and City Heights is one of six designated refuge communities in the nation selected by the US State Department. This San Diego community is in drastic need for positive programming and a safe haven for our youth, and our Y continues to meet these challenges head on.
With over 60 years serving San Diego, the Copley Family YMCA has proven programs for everyone, all aimed at helping them improve their lives. Family fitness classes, affordable childcare, swim lessons for all ages, older adult social outings, afterschool tutoring, seasonal camps--the Copley Family YMCA continues to innovate and improve our city and our people.
With your support, the Copley Family YMCA can continue to never turn anyone away due to an inability to pay.
FOUR WAYS TO GIVE, ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES
Whether it's a one-time contribution or a pledge for a larger gift over the course of the year, know that your generosity is helping our neighbors to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation's health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.
When you give to the Y, you help move people forward. Your generosity and partnership ensures that no child, family or adult is turned away from the Y due to an inability to pay.
Please review the gift options below to choose the one that is best for you. We appreciate your support and thank you on behalf of the many families who will benefit directly from your generosity!