Ann Beatty: Rochester Area Family YMCA continues to grow and evolve

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Ann Christensen Beatty

Begun in 1867, the Rochester Area Family YMCA continues to evolve to better meet the needs of tomorrow. Yes, we have an aging building that needs ongoing attention, and yes, our board is actively engaging in serious conversations about change and future dreams, but please be assured we are still all about youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

It has been said that most of us join the Y "to care for ourselves" but stay "to care for others."

Our Open Doors Scholarship program gives visitors, newcomers, young families with limited resources and others who need a bit of assistance the opportunity to participate and grow regardless of age, religion, economic status or ethnicity.

The Y proudly provides signature healthy living programs such as Enhance Fitness for individuals living with arthritis and chronic illness, LiveStrong for cancer survivors and Healthy Kids Camp for children.

In 2015, a total of 1,648 individuals (about 18 percent of Y membership) were awarded financial needs-based scholarships to access YMCA programs and services thanks to the generous support of community foundations, members, good neighbors and people like you and me.


In the coming weeks, area residents are invited to willingly participate in our market research survey. This survey and other conversations with city leaders will help us better understand what it means to be a more successful Family Y for families and individuals living in our area. Thoughts and opinions also will be much appreciated from those who receive such a phone call.

As our Rochester Family Y's newly elected board chairwoman, I also invite residents to join me in striving to reach our 2016 goals; 100 – 300 -- Advocacy Go!

These goals will financially allow us to continue to provide scholarships and services to the most vulnerable, meet the needs of the less fortunate and support our operations as we strive to build a stronger, healthier community for us all.

Our goals are to grow membership by 100 new members and raise $300,000 from 300 or more donors by the end of the year. To date, we have grown our membership by more than 75 and have received more than $86,000 at all levels of giving from more than 110 donors. We appreciate those generous hearts or newly named members.

Ann Beatty, of Rochester, is board chairwoman of the Rochester Family YMCA.

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