I am going to veer from my normal direction today and talk to you about the Y. We are a nonprofit, charitable organization, and we depend on our neighbors to fulfill our mission through generous donations of time, energy and financial gifts.

I am going to veer from my normal direction today and talk to you about the Y. We are a nonprofit, charitable organization, and we depend on our neighbors to fulfill our mission through generous donations of time, energy and financial gifts.  


At the Y, no child, family or adult is turned away. We recognize that for communities to succeed, everyone must be given the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. For this reason, we have an established financial-aid program that reduces the cost of membership and program fees for those who qualify. In 2012, we helped 1,278 people realize their potential in a variety of ways. Not only does financial aid apply to a membership so that you can come in and do a variety of activities, it also applies to our programming so kids can participate in swim lessons, gymnastics and CrossFit Kids, to name a few, at a reduced rate. Those who qualify for financial aid can also utilize it to help cover the cost of our after school program YKIDS.

With our annual community support campaign, we raise the funds to allow everyone in the community a chance to enjoy the secure social environment that we provide. Every day there are stories happening at the Y, from the kid that is able to have positive adult role models through the Connect Program, to the active older adult who is now able to walk in the door and not have to scooter in. These are the stories that make everyday a joy at the Y.

This year, in addition to our normal campaign, we are having a Director-athon. All of the different directors will do something related to their fields and are asking for donations. I am running laps around the block, our aquatics director is swimming laps, our youth sports director is going to do cartwheels and burpees and our kid’s program director is juggling.

The Director-athon will continue through May 3. Those interested in donating may pick up pledge cards from the front desk of the YMCA at 220 N. Walnut St.

Each of us are working toward getting the most donations we can and to get the word out about all of the quality programs that we have available.   

When you give to the Y, you continue to strengthen our community and move us all forward. As the nation’s leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood.

Candace Davidson is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and is an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.