The YMCA is 'a large part of our community'

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I’ve been a member at the YMCA for around four years now and from day one I knew it was more than a gym for me and my family.

When we joined my youngest son was only around nine months old. I was nervous leaving him in the child watch but these women won me over. It was like bringing him to grandmas house. They took such great care of him and they still do.

My older boys have fun in the youth center too, there’s always something to do.

The YMCA has all kinds of programs for children and adults. They are even available to watch kids on days when schools are closed and the working parent needs a place for their child to go.

In the summer they have a wonderful camp, too. My son absolutely loves it. My oldest son took karate classes there and an art class. They have so much to choose from. They even have Parents Night Out, where they watch our kids two Fridays a month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The kids have a blast playing games and having a pizza party while the parents get to go out. It’s a win win.

The YMCA takes care of their members. They also take care of people in the community. During the holidays they put together a holiday challenge where members are put on teams and they need to get points not only from exercising, but also helping out in the community. We donate food and clothing to the homeless. They have a toy drive. We also get gifts and clothing for families in need. It’s in all a wonderful experience.

I know I left out so much about the YMCA because there’s always something going on there. From their Saturday health fairs to visits from the local police and fire station (my boys loved going on the fire truck). They are a large part of our community and I’m so happy to be a member.


Stephanie Gilkeson


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