A lot has changed over this past year, but the YMCA’s mission has remained the same — to be there for our community when it’s needed most. The Y needs your help to continue offering critically important services in Cass and Clay Counties. Together, we can provide a safe place for kids to grow and learn, programs for individuals to re-establish their health, and resources for youth to receive a nourishing meal. Your generosity helps the Y serve our community so everyone can continue to learn, grow and thrive during these challenging times.
At the YMCA, we’re committed to ensuring every child has an opportunity to pursue their best future through programs that inspire them to reach their full potential socially, academically, emotionally and physically.
Ashlie, single mother of four, was in her last semester of nursing school when COVID-19 hit our community. She had to make the tough decision to either quit school and stay home with her kids, or finish her last semester and continue on the path to financial security. Because of the Y’sscholarship opportunities, she was able to finish school while her youngest son, Riese, was being cared for in a safe and nurturing environment at the YMCA.
The YMCA knows that, by identifying and removing barriers, we can offer spaces, facilities, and programs that are open and accessible in order to create opportunities for healthy living.
Health and Wellness
When Annie moved to town, she knew she needed to live near the YMCA, prioritizing her ability to build community and maintain her healthy habits, which help her manage her mobility restraints. Through added accessibility equipment and programming, Annie found the Y to be a place where she can invest in her health and happiness. This added accessibility and the opportunity for financial assistance have made it possible for her to find a place to belong.
The YMCA responds to society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community-based solutions, like meal programs, to help those in need reach their full potential.
Following Tanner’s senior year of high school, he found himself living on his own, unsure of how to live completely independently at such a young age. There were many times that he found his cupboards close to empty, holding nothing but empty pretzel bags and ramen noodle packets. Through this season of life, he found the YMCA and came to rely on the food programs for nutritious meals and a community, full of friends, where he belongs.