Lakewood Family YMCA
Two years ago when I was dropping my kids off at the Y, I was asked if I wanted to help out in Child Watch. I said I would volunteer 3 days a week, but it quickly turned into a job opportunity. Since then, I have worked in Child Watch, preschool programming, and Itty Bitty Camp and I have been amazed by the relationships formed with the families we serve. Families that have the opportunity to be a part of the Y because of the financial assistance they receive. Foster families that build relationships with their children during their time at the Y. During camp, we support families with a free lunch in the summer and a place where they know their kids will be safe. We get the opportunity to watch kids grow in confidence, gain self-worth, grow, heal, and gain structure and trust in others.
Being a part of the Y means contributing to something bigger. I have never been in an organization that is this charitable and inclusive. This campaign means so much to me because these kids are my heart. The Y gives the kids the opportunity to grow, be themselves, learn what trust is, gives confidence in knowing that there will always be a place for them, and become leaders through programs here. They are why I love coming to work and why this job is so important to me.
So when someone asks me why I worked so hard, the answer is simple: The YMCA is molding our future, one step at a time.