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.
Jocelyn joined the Gator Swim Team in 2017. She started with the Developmental Group, and has made it to state every season since she’s started. While making and hitting goals, Jocelyn has found much more in her Gator experience. “I have made a lot of friends on the team, from my Age Group up to the Seniors.” These relationships also help develop her as a swimmer, as she views the older swimmers on her team as role-models.
Reid joined the Y in September 2018, looking to improve his physical health. He jumped in head first, taking advantage of our Smart Start Fitness Center Orientation, Foundations classes, and Personal Training sessions. Through hard work and training his strength, stamina and flexibility improved dramatically. By the end of January 2019, Reid had lost over 70 pounds.
If you’re ever trying to find Dave on a weekday morning, he’s probably at the Y. He spends his time at the YMCA working out or playing handball, his greatest passion. Dave grew up playing handball at the Y in Grand Forks, ND. He now competes in regional tournaments and recently took on a leadership position in 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.
Hannah’s 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 attend the YMCA’s School Age Learning Center at Jefferson Elementary. They receive financial assistance through the Y’s Annual Campaign, which has allowed the Wilsons to get back on their feet. “The opportunity to be 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.
Has the YMCA impacted your life, or the life of a loved one? Share your YMCA Story with us!