Stephen W.

Mel Korum Family YMCA

When Stephen first joined the Y, he quickly learned that his minimum wage income was not going to be able to cover the full amount of membership dues. But because of financial assistance through the success of the Annual Campaign, Stephen found support in continuing to increase his activity and improve his health.

"Both the subsidized dues and initiations are supported through the Annual Campaign," he said, "so I have benefited from this program and am learning more each year about the other programs it supports."

After completing his busy school schedule, Stephen returned to the Y and is more active than ever, visiting at least 4 to 6 days a week. He has created a community here and feels as though this is a "second home." Stephen is currently giving back by participating as the Chair of the Annual Campaign committee for the Mel Korum YMCA.

"I am not a fan of public speaking, nor do I enjoy asking for money, but I am pushing my comfort zone to help a worthy cause."