Hope for solidarity and unity towards a better us: A Message from President and CEO, Loria Yeadon

Last updated: January 21, 2021, at 9:27 a.m. PT

Originally published: January 20, 2021, at 9:59 a.m. PT

Hope for solidarity and unity towards a better us

Dear Y Community, 

Today we welcome our 46th President of the United States of America, Joseph R. Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first women, African-American and Asian-American to hold this office in our government. President Biden’s commitment to bring people together from all corners of our great nation inspired us all with hope for solidarity and unity towards a better us.

Even while protests and unrest continue locally and nationally, this inauguration day is an important one in the history of our democracy. From here, we must look ahead with optimism, belief in the humility and humanity of each other. A commitment to doing the hard work is required to heal ourselves and our neighbors and to strengthen the ties that bind us. We must take affirmative steps to create the shared destiny we want for our community, where all people have the opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We applaud President Biden’s thoughtful and equitable approach to building his Executive Cabinet that reflects the rich diversity of America. At the Y, we are committed to reflecting the community we serve and to living our shared values in how we staff, serve, and stand for community every day. From South King County and South Snohomish County to the Eastside, from young people experiencing homelessness to kids taking their very first swim lesson, and from foster families to older adults, the Y is honored to walk along side of each of you to achieve healthier and happier tomorrows for all.

As we take in the most memorable events of this day, let’s forever remember this day as a fresh start and new beginning for the equitable and unified world we commit to build for our children.

In community and gratitude,  

Loria Yeadon

President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Seattle