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.
When Earl was in his mid-20s back in 1956, he was invited by a friend to attend a Y’s Men’s Service Club Meeting, which was located at the YMCA in Fargo. His friend encouraged him to bring some tennis shoes and socks along to the meeting so that they could stay after and shoot some baskets. Earl immediately fell in love with the YMCA, and has been a member ever since.
Zoe and Arin Wuraola
Last year, Arin Wuraola was about to start a new job, but first needed to find affordable care for her growing family. By receiving financial assistance through our Annual Campaign, her daughter Zoe was able to attend YMCA child care. Now, Zoe is receiving a quality foundational education that gives her the tools she’ll need to succeed in school.
What did Bill do when his corporate job wasn’t fulfilling anymore? He pursued his passion for running and started a business. SoleMOTION Race Management hosts races across the region – including the Y’s Burn the Bird Thanksgiving Day Race – and is a great example of the family-focused heart that the YMCA strives to foster in our community.
Kevin joined the YMCA initiative Brighter Futures in 2017 – and loves being able to socialize with community members, network among his peers, and give back to the FM community. Recently, he’s volunteered at the Dorothy Day House, the YMCA’s Summer Food Program, and more, all while connecting to his peers and the wider community.
Mina comes to the Fercho YMCA early every weekday morning to organize the tables, chairs and coffee items in the Social Center. She starts the coffee pots and tidily places out cups and napkins in preparation for when her friends make their way upstairs after their workouts. Mina brings such a positive presence through our doors every day – and makes sure that the coffee pot is always on!
Toni Froysland, a spunky, 23-year-old Fargo-native, simply lives and breathes YMCA Camp Cormorant, the YMCA’s summer resident camp near Lake Park, MN. A recent elementary education graduate from Bemidji State University, Toni attributes her passion for youth development to her 14 years at Camp Cormorant, both as a camper and staff.
The Lindeman Family
Lisa Lindeman’s arms are full – literally. She is a single mother who not only works full time, but takes care of her two youngest twin daughters, Maci and MaKenna, and her grandson, Carter, who all attend the Schlossman YMCA’s child care program. MaKenna is just five years old and has cerebral palsy.
Anna Johnson and Kirsten Douglas
Kirsten and Anna met in a YMCA BODYPUMP class in 2016, when Kirsten had just moved the Fargo-Moorhead area. They became fast friends, and now meet at the Y a few times a week to take a break, work out, or just spend time together. They describe the YMCA as their sanctuary, their community, and their home.
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!