Happy Labor Day from Y President & CEO Loria Yeadon

Last updated: September 4, 2020, at 3:31 p.m. PT

Originally published: September 4, 2020, at 11:37 a.m. PT

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Dear Y Friends and Family,

The celebration of Labor Day in the United States began more than 100 years ago to honor the labor and heart of American workers. More than ever before, working at the Y is a labor of love. Since we pivoted to our Community Response outreach in early March, our commitment to our mission and equity statement is stronger than ever.

Our staff have been powering through and selflessly contributing above and beyond in the midst of a global pandemic, political unrest, and heightened violence against Black lives. It’s not been easy. We’ve been tested, challenged to transform, innovate, and discover new strengths, but each and every day, we remain resolved to living our mission and committed to working together to build a healthier, more equitable society for everyone. I could not be more proud of how our staff continue to show up for our community to serve and create a better future for all.

Today, Labor Day, also represents the unofficial beginning of fall. As the days get shorter and kids head off to the room next door for school online, more change is in the air. But, I choose to be hopeful and optimistic about the future we can create together.

With voting season rapidly approaching, I hope that you will take time to ensure that you and your network of friends and family are registered to vote and have a strategy to ensure that your ballot is timely submitted and counted. Also, if you’ve not already done so, please complete the 2020 Census which are due soon. Now is the season to be counted.

As you celebrate the long holiday weekend with others, please comply with all health and safety protocols: wash your hands, wear your mask, and maintain social distancing to slow the spread for each other’s sake, especially for those essential workers who labor on the frontlines to keep our communities moving ahead.

Happy Labor Day!


In gratitude & community,


Loria Yeadon

President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Seattle 



Category: Holidays