A team for YMCA OF METROPOLITAN HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA
"SUPER Y!" is a team to help the YMCA OF METRO HUNTSVILLE, AL raise funds for a superb cause and organization!!
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), is a nonprofit organization originally established as a refuge of Bible study and prayer for young men seeking escape from the hazards of life on the streets, has evolved over a century into an organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for ALL. The Y offers something unique, the organization's drive to meet social needs in the community and its openness to members crossing the rigid lines separating social classes. State alliances work to strengthen their government relations efforts, helping them advocate for the kids, families and communities they serve and deepening their influence in state capitols by engaging in a variety of important issues impacting the YMCA and their communities. The 1994 YMCA movement defined character as the demonstration of 4 core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. During service meetings in 96'and 97' the Y's voiced their desire to have YMCA of the USA secure corporate alliances on behalf of the movement. Sponsorship allows Y's to share their mission and stories with the public with an intensity they couldn't achieve on their own, increasing individual and corporate fundraising, membership and volunteer efforts. Without these efforts, membership dues, continuous fundraising and donations, the Y wouldn't be the success it is today, impacting the thousands of families it does each day. In 2002, YMCA of the USA created the National Diversity Initiative to support the Y's movement in valuing the diversity of all people within its associations and communities it serves. The YMCA World Service raised awareness of and financial support for the powerful work of the global YMCA movement. Between 2000 and 2010, more than $10 million was raised to fund programs designed to empower youth and adults with resources to create a better future for themselves and their families. Organizing such programs like family swims and family nights provide families with opportunities to play, interact and have fun together, as well as programs that spotlight the development of a young person's imagination, critical thinking, communication and social skills. The YMCA Healthy Family Home (HFH), a partnership between the YMCA and Eli Lilly and Company, launched in 2008, inspires families to make healthier lifestyle choices. Y's offer easy, creative ways to help families embrace HFH's 3 key components: play everyday to become more active, eat healthy and spend quality family time together. In addition, the YMCA responded to several world crises: 9/11, Pacific Rim Tsunami (2004), Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, through fundraising, rebuilding efforts and programs designed to rekindle hope in the affected communities, particularly among children and young people. The Armed Services YMCA of the USA also partnered with the Department of Defense in the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative in 2008, which funds memberships and child care services for families facing hardships of military deployment. The ability to fund the programs, partnerships, opportunities to extend a hand to the community the Y serves as well as the people in it going through hardships and responding to world crises, as I mentioned before, wouldn't be possible without your donation. These things only scratch the surface of a much larger scale on what your donation can and will help with, and every dollar will be appreciated and helpful to the children and families who benefit from the amazing resources provided by the Y. These children, MY children, are our future doctors, attorneys, judges, law enforcement officials, mayors, governors, leaders and President of the United States and I truly believe programs and core values like the Y demonstrates will ensure their future and mine. Rapelling down the Huntsville Times Building would be an awesome, once-in-a-lifetime experience, but for our team, the satisfaction of ultimately being able to give back to our community and the many communities throughout the U.S. and other countries is somehow a little more rewarding to us. There are 4 of us on this team, 2 of which are ages 15 and 8yrs old, so our 1 and ONLY RULE and GOAL is to raise as much as possible for the cause. My family has suffered many of these "hardships" but we're so very blessed because we have love in our hearts, compassion for everyone, but most importantly we have each other. Just remember when the chips are down and you think it couldn't get any worse there is ALWAYS someone who has it far worse, so try and be thankful for what you do have, give back when you can, and always share a smile, because you never know what the person receiving your smile is going through. My boys have been raised to be caring, honest, respectful and responsible (4 core values of character), and I am so very proud of them and their willingness and eagerness to be apart of this!