The Middlesex Family YMCA: Creating a stronger county since 2004
|Fall soccer’s Little Kickers (3-5 year olds) warm up with airplanes under the guidance of Coach Ranger Joe Hickey.|
by Rosabeth Kissman
What we do at the Y reaches deep and touches the lives of thousands of people in Middlesex, including visitors. The Middlesex Family YMCA opened its doors in 2004, and we have been generously supported ever since by a dedicated community that has supplied volunteers and annual contributions.
Today, the Y stands strong through the support of our donors. The impact of the Y is felt as a public health educator, developer of our children’s ethical and moral values, and as a gathering place every day for people from every background and walk of life. Providing recreation, childcare, community health support and outreach are a small portion of the Y’s impact in this county. It is through the Y values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility that the Y endeavors to make Middlesex an evermore beautiful place for our families to live.
The impact of the Middlesex YMCA by the numbers:
Childcare: As Middlesex County’s leading provider of affordable childcare, the YMCA has provided:
- Over 300,000 hours of childcare for Summer Camp, touching over 1,000 since 2003 through daily visits to the pool, field trips to go fishing or visit Tangier Island, and a safe, supportive place to play. Y Summer Camp gives Middlesex youth the chance to get outside of their small town limits and challenges them to see a bigger picture for their future.
- 54,250 hours of childcare for Afterschool to 450 youth, giving the “glue” for Moms and Dads to provide for their families with mentoring, homework tutoring and an hour or more of active play/energy release. With many families traveling outside of the county for work, Y Afterschool is an essential piece of our public service for working families.
- 97,125 hours of childcare for Preschool nurturing the tender development of over 200 little ones. YMCA Preschool uses values based teaching and discipline to encourage growth and preparation for school entrance, and does so at a price point unmatched for the value.
- YMCA childcare teaches every child the values of Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty and Faith, giving the YMCA the platform of creating a culture in our community for future generations to come.
Contributions to the YMCA are a critical component to serving Middlesex through these programs and services. All Y price points are at the lowest rate possible so that everyone can afford the YMCA experience for their children.
Additionally, the YMCA offers scholarships for anyone in need through its Guardian Program. The YMCA also offers other programs throughout the year, including: gymnastics, indoor soccer, cheerleading, teen nights and holiday camps.
- The Y provides free “Learn to Swim” lessons for every 2nd-grader in Middlesex Elementary School, which provides a safer community for generations to come through this public education service. Contributions are vital to the success of this program. In 2013, 95 2nd-graders learned to swim, reducing their risk of childhood drowning, the second leading cause of death for children.
- Every summer Bright Beginnings gives 30 youth the equipment they need to go back to school with confidence, so they can start the year on a level playing field. All contributions received are given directly back to the families with a volunteer-led shopping trip for school clothing and a backpack stuffed with school supplies.
- Yearly Angel Trees help our families in need, a collaboration through Youth and Family Services and the Department of Social Services.
- Free Cancer and Diabetes Support Groups are provided for the community. Guest speakers from the American Cancer Society, local oncology nurses, and diabetes specialists give Middlesex the opportunity to learn and be empowered about disease management and prevention.
- The YMCA is a gathering place for individuals of every walk of life. With the highest membership ever of over 1,200 individuals, the YMCA relies upon the financial support of this community to serve this small community efficiently and effectively. As a 501C3 charity, the YMCA seeks to reach deep and touch as many lives as possible through the support of our Annual Campaign. With the 2013 goal of $83,000, the Y relies upon the generosity of Middlesex and support for the overarching mission of the YMCA: “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirits, mind and body for all.”
- Providing a community gathering space for everyone, every day, regardless of income or circumstance, the YMCA is the hub of our community. Contributions to the YMCA give us the opportunity to look to the future for programming and service offerings, so that we might create a stronger Middlesex. Class offerings, blood pressure screenings, chair and strength classes are just the tipping point of the Y’s platform to lower the cost of health insurance for families, create more productive and energetic citizens and move Middlesex forward in fighting epidemic diseases, such as childhood diabetes and cancer.
- Adult sports is a huge offering for the YMCA, with programs such as softball, flag football, soccer and basketball fulfilling our young and “young at heart” adults’ social needs in a small community with an active outlet. Participation in adults sports is at an all-time high, making the quality of life better for this demographic in our county. Scholarships are an essential piece to this programming, offsetting the costs and allowing the YMCA to reach deeper in service to our community.
At this “giving” time of the year, the Middlesex Family Y asks for your support. We are one community, and we are all stronger through the strength of our Y. Thank you!