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Melody Danner outlines the services the Y provides with the support of volunteers and donors.

Generosity is the sharing of one's time, talent or treasure.

At the YMCA, we call those who share their time, talent or treasure with us our investors. This word, "investor," reminds me that the impact of the YMCA in the community is due to your generosity. We do our work together. With that in mind, can I tell you some of the things the YMCA has been able to do through your generosity?

In the year 2021, we — Y staff, volunteers and investors — provided:

• 44,000 nutritious meals for kids and families

• 1.2 million hours of learning support and child care

• 5,336 youth with a day or overnight camping experience

While the statistics for 2022 aren't in yet, we can look back and see the impact generosity has made:

• Every week, over 1,000 pounds of food is given to families who need a boost.

• The Learn to Swim and Safety Around Water programs hit the road this summer, saving lives at HOA and apartment pools.

• Every day of the week, 70-plus older adults build strength and stability, essentials for independent living.

• Parents, youth and Y staff are gaining tools to build stress resilience in kids.

• Kids are building confidence, skills, and friendships through volunteer-driven sports leagues.

As we enter the season of giving, remember the impact your past generosity has made. Consider investing in the YMCA again as we imagine the future impact we can have together:

• Bring the Safety Around Water program to additional community pools, allowing kids to safely play in their own backyards.

• Add one to two food distribution sites, removing the barrier of transportation.

• Expand resources for youth mental well-being, giving parents and kids tools to thrive.

Thank you for your generosity.

Melody Danner is social responsibility leader for the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA.

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