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LOCAL IMPACT

At the Y, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. We strive to give everyone the opportunity to test their own limits, explore new goals and reach their fullest potential.

WHO WE SERVE

97,229
Members Served
27,915
Number Under the Age of 18
1,910
YMCA Staff (Full- and Part-Time)
300+
Community-wide Events
17,000+
Community-wide Participants

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

4,286
Total Number of Volunteers
1,004
Program Volunteers
249
Policy Volunteers
3,033
Special Event Volunteers*
*Spring 2012 - end of year

 

STORIES OF IMPACT

We take pride in the work we do in the Milwaukee community. Our stories of impact go well beyond one person – each life we positively impact affects so many others in turn. And every year, there are new stories to tell. Do you know of a story that needs to be told? Please share it with us by emailing info@ymcamke.org with “Story of Impact” in the subject line.

 

EACH PERSON HAS A STORY. CLICK ON THE IMAGES ABOVE TO READ THEM.

STEPHEN ROBINSON AND COREY CLARK, JR.: Sponsor-A-Scholar Mentoring Pair
When Steven was paired with Corey through the Y’s Sponsor-A-Scholar program, he quickly realized that he was learning as much as he was teaching. They spend time talking about college and career goals, of course, but it’s their time spent trying new restaurants and making plans to fly kites on the lakefront that has really solidified their friendship. As Corey looks ahead to college and a career in journalism, he feels confident knowing Steven will be there every step of the way.

FATIMA AYESH: YMCA member and leader in the Muslim American Society
Nearly three years ago, Fatimah organized an open swim and swim lessons for Muslim women and girls. With the help of the South Shore YMCA, the program gives them the chance to remove their scarves and their inhibitions and swim freely without any men, in the privacy their Islamic faith mandates. Fatimah and selfless Y staffers have dedicated their weekends to the cause – watching as girls that had never even entered a pool before develop into seasoned lap-swimmers.

BRUCE KRIER: Cancer Survivor, Idle Ironman Athlete, YMCA Member and Donor
At the Y, we know our members’ goals go way beyond exercise. That’s why we support individuals on their paths to building healthy spirits, minds and bodies. We’ve even expanded our healthy lifestyle offerings to include programs like Living Compass group-based life coaching and LIVESTRONG at the Y, an exercise experience for adult cancer survivors. As we broaden our support spectrum, we accommodate more individuals, reach further into our community and change more lives.

BECCA STELPFLUG: Member of the Tri-County YMCA and Special Olympian
Becca’s passion for swimming began at the Tri-County YMCA. Her very first laps were taken during the Adaptive Day Camp program where she was given the encouragement and instruction she needed to keep going. Today, she’s training at the Y every afternoon to prepare for her trip to Athens, Greece where she’ll compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. After she takes care of this dream, she’ll move onto her next one – becoming an Adaptive Day Camp counselor for other kids with disabilities.

DORA SIALER & FAMILY: Members of the Rite-Hite Family YMCA
Dora grew up in Lima, Peru. Every summer her parents took she and her four siblings to the Y there. She’ll never forget playing an assortment of sports and having a fantastic time in the outdoor swimming pool. Now, years later and many miles away, she has renewed her passion for a healthy lifestyle – along with her Y membership. Today she’s the one taking her family, including mom and dad, to swim, play and learn at the Y.

BEN MARN: YMCA Camper and Equestrian Enthusiast
Ben wasn’t sure what to expect when he first visited YMCA Camp Minikani three years ago. But it didn’t take long for this bright 11-year-old to make new friends and find a new passion: horseback riding. Ben looks forward to camp every summer, and says that each year his experience gets better and better. His mother finds that her youngest son is in safe, caring hands under the guidance of “kind, empathetic and enthusiastic” counselors – exactly where any mom wants her child to be.


OUR PEOPLE

While our programs and facilities are always based on the unique needs and interests of our communities, every Y has one thing in common: our people. We count on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whomever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.

 

OUR ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Having a Y membership is one way you support our nonprofit charitable organization, but did you know that membership dollars do not cover all of the cost needed to keep high-impact programs running? That is why donating to the Annual Campaign is so important. The Annual Campaign raises dollars to keep programs running and ensures the Y remains affordable to all who wish to participate.

We need your help to close the gap of $4.7 million between our operating expenses and our operating revenue. Read more about the Y’s Community Impact.