DOW Westside YMCA
On Tuesday, May 22, the YMCA of the Capital Area held its Annual Celebration and Volunteer Recognition honoring the many individuals who have helped the Y serve the needs of the Addis community.
The event, presided over by Metro Board Chair Edmund Giering and YMCA of the Capital Area President/CEO, Christian Engle, was held at the Crowne Plaza. The Y spotlighted the programs and opportunities they provide and, most importantly, gave thanks to the volunteers that truly help make “a better us.”
Guests enjoyed dinner, fellowship and testimonials from members and program participants. This year the Y also recognized several individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to helping the Y.
Taesia Shello, a member and volunteer of the Dow Westside YMCA, was recognized as the Dow Westside YMCA Branch Volunteer of the Year. Taesia has demonstrated in phenomenal capacity what it means to be a YMCA volunteer. She joined the board of directors in April of 2017 with an eagerness to serve. She also generously volunteered to chair the Dow Westside YMCA Annual Auction and coordinated volunteers to help make it a successful event. She played an instrumental role in planning and securing sponsors to ensure that both proceeds and attendance increase from previous years.
This past year alone the Y supported 10,589 area youth through YMCA youth sports, childcare and teen programs. The Y also provided 43,538 health and wellness programs for people in the community. The Y’s Annual Community Support Campaign provided approximately $650,665 in financial assistance to individuals and families in need and helped serve 8,371 individuals through the Y’s Homeless Outreach program. The Y is thankful for the efforts of the 1,640 individuals who volunteered their time, along with the 2,072 generous donors for supporting the Y’s mission.
Awards were also given out to outstanding YMCA volunteers. The Myron Falk Fundraising Award was presented to Ryan Engquist for his dedication and commitment to the Beyond the Green golf tournament, the Taste of Zachary event and the Y’s annual campaign. In total, Ryan raised over $23,000 for the YMCA. Ricky Blanton received the Edward D. Grant Volunteerism Award for his consistent advocacy for the YMCA of the Capital Area. As a board member, youth sports coach and donor, Ricky embodies the mission of the Y each and every day, both on and off the court.
The night ended in celebration for the many programs and opportunities the Y provides now and will be able to provide in the future thanks to the support of the members, participants, donors and volunteers at the YMCA of the Capital Area.
About the Y
Since 1917, the YMCA of the Capital Area has been serving the community with programs and services that meet the needs of the people through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Throughout our parish the Y engages over 5,000 individuals annually – regardless of income or background- in hopes to nurture the potential of children, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. Anchored by the support of our volunteers, the Y has the long standing relationship and physical presence not just to promise, but deliver, lasting personal and social change. Find out more by visiting www.ymcabr.org.