One of the most rewarding parts of serving on the Cannon Memorial YMCA Corporate Board is the opportunity to interact with so many different members of our community every day. Regardless of where people grew up or what they are doing today, just about everyone has a “Y story.” Each one is a little different (including learning to swim; camps and youth sports; afterschool programs; serving as volunteers and mentors; finding ways to get healthy as a family, and much more), but at its core, all experiences are reminders of the Y’s place in our community. In short, the Y understands that our collective success is rooted in our communities and our mission is to bring us together, to make us better as individuals, communities and as a nation.
It often feels like we live in a time that defines us by our differences; but the ties that bind us together are not broken. Our community is more diverse than you might think—whether it be age, gender, race, religion, ability or something else—and many of us have different backgrounds and experiences that help form our worldview.
“Us” is the national embodiment of what we’ve always done here at the Cannon Y. Our goal, along with Ys across the United States, is to show our communities the power of “Us.” We work together to grow and harvest nutritious food for our brothers and sisters. We reach out a helping hand to provide underserved children the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills in swim lessons. We teach tomorrow’s leaders the importance of the core values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring. The Y is not just a part of the community; it is community.
To help better communicate the Y’s impact we’ve created a short film entitled “Us.” Our hope is that “Us” not only educates people about the role the Y plays in strengthening communities, but also reinforces the positive, collective change we can make happen when we put aside our differences and work together for the greater good.
Regardless of where or how you’re involved, I challenge all members of our community to find something you care about and make it better. If you want to start your own Y story, or continue to grow and evolve your existing Y experience, visit our Annual Giving Page to find out how you can give back through the Y.
Development Committee Chair