This is the time of year when many look for opportunities to get healthy, to try new activities and to volunteer. People want a place to go where they can feel supported, improve their well-being and create meaningful experiences in their lives. And, we know that this can happen when people not only become part of an organization, but join a cause that benefits them, as well as their neighbors.
When Jayne Engle joined the Y three years ago, she had just had her third child. She also needed to get a handle on her newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension. She wasn’t even 30 years old. Through the Y, Jayne has found more than a place to exercise and learn about nutrition. She discovered a supportive atmosphere – a YMCA family – and an opportunity for her and her children to make friends.
Mary Jackson, a breast cancer survivor, joined the Y a year ago. She was not only looking for a place where she could improve her health, but also where she could receive emotional support and guidance. Mary came to the Y where she fit in with members right away and became friends with others who battled cancer. Mary now had the support system she desperately needed.
At the Y, we exist to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. When people like Jane or Mary join the Y, they become part of a cause that gives them the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive, while also making their community healthier and happier.
Last year, the YMCA of Greater Erie helped thousands of children and adults take charge of their health, spend quality time together as a family, develop relationships with neighbors, learn new skills, improve their grades and enjoy a laugh with staff and other members.
Since opening in March 1999, the YMCA of Greater Erie’s County branch in Edinboro has teamed up with other non-profits and community organizations to have a deep and profound impact on the residents in this large rural community. Whether providing Christmas gifts and Easter baskets to kids and families in need, serving as the gym for the final tune-up before General McLane’s first basketball game (as their school gym was closed because of snow), or helping a woman and her high school age daughter by offering a warm shower as they appear to be living in the car they drive each day, the Y is strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Throughout the month of January, residents of Erie County will see the impact of joining the Y. We encourage Erie County residents to come and see what the Y has to offer. We are interested in learning more about you and getting to know you.