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Testimonials

Our Y family in their own words.

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I can imagine what most of you are thinking: The Y is just a gym. How can that change someone’s life? That is exactly what I thought when my cousin Emily would tell stories about her job as a Day Camp counselor at the YMCA. From what I heard, I knew this was a job worth looking into. So in the summer of 2014, I became a Day Camp counselor, too. At that point in my life, I was convinced I was going to school to be an optometrist. I was already finished with my first year of college as a biology major and loving my classes, so I was on my way down the long road to optometry school. As the summer began, the job was exceeding my expectations at every turn.

I reinforced a deep responsibility in taking care of children and looking out for their safety and I saw God constantly shining in the faces of these beautiful children as they would run up to me yelling “Davey, Davey!” I experienced unconditional love in their simple and too often unnoticed acts of selflessness in a way only a child can do. I was overwhelmed. As my summer came to a close, I felt an undeniable gloom knowing it would be an entire year before I played kickball on the lawn with them dressed up in ‘50s clothing, or before I could run around the grounds of Johnson Elementary with them looking for marshmallows dressed up like the shrimp from “Finding Nemo.”

By now I knew in my heart, I couldn’t be an optometrist. I knew I had to be a pediatrician. After spending just one summer looking after these children and taking care of them when they fell and scraped their knee or when they tripped on the playground, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life making children like them safe, healthy, and well. YMCA Day Camp provided me with an opportunity to be a part of something that united the craziest bunch of staff I have ever met to take care of the greatest kids I will ever know and unknowingly changed the course my life. The Y is so much more than a gym.  The Y will change your life. 

— David Poore

 

 

   
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"I'm beyond grateful for the Y. You have no idea. I think it's saving my life. Definitely saving my marriage. Probably saving me from running away from my children and never returning. Thank you for all that you do and have done there. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm coming out of the darkest depression of my life and being able to go to the Y, step away from my children, spend time by myself, getting stronger, being independent, my husband doing the same - it's saving me, so thank you."
 

— Kami Eaton

 

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