Bremerton Family YMCA Annual Campaign
My first experience with understanding how a donation to a YMCA Annual Campaign worked was when I was ten years old. I cherished my membership at the Bremerton Y and wanted my best friend to be able to be on the swim team and attend gym classes with me. It was easy to sell Janis on the idea, but when we approached her mom with our enthusiasm; we encountered a sadness that only a parent can feel when they have to tell their child, “we just can’t afford that now”.
Fortunately, my mom was aware of the Y’s policy of never turning any child away due to an inability to pay. Once the Y was aware of Janis’s situation, she was awarded a youth membership. I’ll never forget the look of unbelief, which turned into a great big smile, when I told her she would be going to the Y with me.
That was 58 years ago and a successful Annual Campaign is just as important now as it was then. Please carefully consider your gift.
Jane Erlandsen | Executive Director
- “Working with the Y through another non-profit, Skookum, Mark was a shy and limited worker. He knew that it was time for him to make a change, so he could be a happier and healthier person. Read more of Mark's story
“I appreciate the Y for so many reasons,” said Gail. One of Gail’s surgeries on her back forced her to use a walker. But through exercise and determination, Gail went from her walker to a cane. She went from a “regular” member to a spectacular volunteer and a motivation for all. Read more of Gail's story
- One Y volunteer built such strong relationship with Tim that they became best friends, eating lunch together every Friday. The combination of social and physical activity has given Tim the ability to outlive his doctor’s predictions. Read more of Tim's story