We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward.
But a strong community doesn’t just happen, it’s the the result of steady leadership, teamwork and stewardship. We strive to cultivate a community that has a strong impact on our members, our staff, our neighborhoods, and the Fargo-Moorhead community as a whole. Below are just a few stories of the amazing things that can happen when we come together as a YMCA community.
If you’re ever trying to find Dave on a weekday morning, he’s probably at the Y. He spends five to six mornings a week at the YMCA working out or playing handball – his greatest passion. Dave grew up playing handball with his family at the YMCA in Grand Forks, ND. He now competes in regional tournaments, and was recently appointed to a leadership position on the FM Handball Club.
When Rachel joined the YMCA ten years ago, she was looking to join a gym with a great group fitness program. Today, she teaches multiple classes a week – including BodyStep, BodyFlow, Cycle, XYZ, and XABeat. Rachel has always had a desire to help people reach their fitness goals, and enjoys the unique community that group fitness workouts bring.
For Hannah, the YMCA is a community that she’s grown up with. Her first experiences with the Y started in KinderKamp Preschool and Busy Beaver Camp, before eventually taking swimming lessons and attending Camp Cormorant. Though she’s an avid swimmer and workout warrior, Hannah believes the Y is much more than a pool or a gym. Christian principles and strong friendships keep her coming back to her YMCA community.
The Wilson Family
Sofiya, Ashlynn and McKenzie Wilson are a part of the YMCA’s School Age Program at Jefferson Elementary. They receive financial assistance through the Y’s Partner of Youth Annual Campaign, which has allowed the Wilson family to get back on their feet. “To have the opportunity to be a part of this scholarship program has meant so much to my whole family. The YMCA feels like a second home to us.”
After she completed treatment for colon cancer, Ann Overby was exhausted and weak. She also struggled with neuropathy, eventually needing surgery after a particularly bad fall. After surgery, she signed up for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA®, hoping it would help her regain the ability to participate in the activities she once enjoyed so thoroughly.
Growing up in a family who regularly struggled with finances, relied heavily on programs like WIC, and who many times was evicted from their home, Samantha wanted to share her passion and empathy with others going through the same trials she experienced as a child. Samantha heard about our Reach & Rise Mentoring Program while in class at MSUM, and soon became a mentor to four middle school girls.
Eric Rogne, a longtime member of the YMCA, has found a way to make the Y part of every chapter of his life. Whether it’s through racquetball, group fitness, or donating to our Partner of Youth Campaign, Eric has found a “sanctuary” in our YMCA community.
Katie King and Isaac Kreft
Katie, a contagiously bubbly 21-year-old, started her first day of work in 2013. As she slid into the water in her brand new ‘swim instructor’ uniform and arms full of kick-boards and sign-in forms, she was trying not to let anyone see how nervous she was.
Mathias Dollinger was a recipient of a scholarship to Camp Cormorant. While at camp, Mathias was challenged to step outside his comfort zone, take initiative and build communication skills. Mathias’s mother said her son came home from camp a different person, and expressed her gratitude to the donors who make camp scholarships possible.
Has the YMCA impacted your life, or the life of a loved one? Share your YMCA Story with us!