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WHAT YOUR GIFT CAN DOWe are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible. And we make sure that 100% of your contribution stays in your community, right here in your own neighborhood.
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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
In the past year, the YMCA of Greater Louisville has provided over $5 million to more than 12,000 families and individuals, right here in our own community. Because of people like you, we were able to provide opportunities that improve our community's health and well-being, activities that bring families closer together and programs that empower young people to find success. Your generous support keeps the Y available for those who need us most.
STORIES OF IMPACT
When Sudi arrived on her first day of swim lessons in the YMCA Safety Around Water Program, she was so terrified that she would not go near the pool. By her third lesson, with a great deal of coaxing, she agreed to sit on the edge and put her feet in the water. When she finally got in the pool, she clung so tightly to her instructor, Becky, that she left bruises. Becky tells this story with joy, because those bruises meant Sudi was able to face her fear.
In fact, Sudi has completely overcome her fear and has grown very confident and happy in the water. Now, instead of being afraid of the pool, she will jump into the deep end and swim around like a fish with a giant smile beaming the entire time.
Working full time and raising two school-age grandchildren on a single income is very challenging at times. Vernee is extremely grateful to receive financial assistance from the YMCA so that her grandchildren have a safe, nurturing place to go in the critical hours before and after school. For Erin, age 10, and William, age 8, that place is the Bullitt County Family YMCA School-Age Child Care program at Freedom Elementary.
Vernee is not only grateful to have the financial help, she also really appreciates the value of the program for her grandkids. "If it were not for the help of people giving annually to this wonderful program, I don’t know what I would have done. I appreciate that they are with trusted people and in a safe environment.” Vernee also loves that Erin and William are able to participate in healthy activities, have fun with friends and receive academic support while she is at work.
Maerose had the time of her life at YMCA Camp Piomingo last summer. She was awarded a scholarship to attend and would never have been able to go without that assistance. Maerose has an older brother who has autism and a variety of health issues. At times, her home life can become intense, chaotic and even terrifying. With a mountain of medical bills for his hospitalizations, tests, procedures, prescriptions and therapy, finances can also be extremely challenging.
It was a true gift for Maerose to have the opportunity to spend some time enjoying the magic of Camp Piomingo – making friends around the campfire, learning new skills and having a blast. She adored her counselors and gained so much through her experiences. Camp is still a daily topic of conversation in their home.
Maerose’s mom, Megan, is so grateful for this opportunity for her daughter. "I really appreciate how much Camp Piomingo helped my anxious child learn to believe in herself. Her week at camp was life-changing! She left a timid girl who lacked confidence and belief in herself and came home a much more independent, playful and confident girl. Thank you!”