Meet members of our Y family and find out why they “Y” every day!
Everyday I have the opportunity to come to work and know that what I am doing is truly making a difference in the community. I have the privilege of overseeing the fundraising efforts in Bradford for our Annual Campaign. I take great pride in these efforts. I know that the success of our Annual Campaign will allow me to meet the needs of the community. These dollars allow families in our community to be able to take advantage of our services including membership, programs and childcare. I am grateful to be part of such a great organization and surrounded by a very generous community that helps support our mission.
At the age of 30, after a four-year spiritual journey, I realized that it wasn’t about me and how much I could do for myself in life. It became about service to others and making the world a better place. I’ve been working in the Y movement for almost 20 years now. I feel blessed to help use my skills and passion to improve the lives of so many. I am thankful to be teaming up with so many staff and volunteers that have the same service ethic as I do.
When I came to the YMCA 4 years ago, I really had no idea what the Y was about since we didn’t have one in our town when I was growing up. Since I became part of the Y family I have had the opportunity to meet so many people. I always knew I came from a close knit community but I didn’t realize how generous people were. We offer financial assistance, through our annual campaign, to people who can’t afford to pay full price for programs or memberships. I have met so many individuals who want to help those in need. I have also met the people who need the financial assistance and benefit from it. They are so grateful to receive help from the Y for their families. When someone can’t afford healthy activities like dance class or swimming lessons for their child and I get to help them with money from our Annual Campaign it’s an incredibly rewarding experience. I’m not sure our donors really understand the impact that they have on people’s lives and well-being. I’m lucky that I get to be on the front line and offer the assistance and directly see the impact of our donors’ generosity. I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a great organization.