Wishing for Another Year with You
Last updated: January 9, 2023, at 10:24 a.m. PT
Originally published: December 15, 2022, at 2:37 p.m. PT
As the season of holiday wishes rapidly approaches, our winter wish is another year of connection with you. We know that our wishes are supposed to be kept secret, but we felt that sharing this wish might help sprinkle fairy dust to make it come true. If we have learned anything from this year, it’s the power and joy that comes from being together and working to create the communities we all want to live in.
Your generosity and time have been – and continue to be – the most wonderful gift. And this past year, we worked to honor it by maximizing each and every dollar and moment as we pursue Vision 2025. Providing every opportunity to thrive in spirit, mind, and body is no easy task, but you helped make a huge difference. The numbers are staggering.
Together, we not only provided youth and young adults with critical resources like food, shelter, mental health services, education, and job training but because of you, we also supported hundreds of kids in foster care. With your support, we also provided thousands of kids with opportunities to learn, play, and grow through before and after-school activities that are pivotal to their social emotional learning, development, and so much more.
You entrusted us with your generous gift of time, talent, and treasure. See what we did together by the numbers below.
Our Impact You Made Happen by the Numbers
2,798 people accessed mental health services
1,589 youth and young adults provided emergency, transitional, or long-term housing – a safe, welcoming, and affirming place they can call home
1,227 young adults participated in job training and education services
665 young people in, or aging out of, the foster care system received wrap-around support putting them on a path to gaining critical life skills to help them thrive
123,238 meals served to youth and families to address food insecurity
105,212 snacks served to youth experiencing food insecurity in before and after school programs to address child hunger
4,104 youth attended overnight camp and outdoor leadership programs to develop as stewards of the environment (1 out of 5 received financial assistance)
80,526 youth and young adults served through Y programs
13,875 registrations for day camp and 18,993 sessions of before and after school care to help kids overcome the learning gaps caused by the pandemic
340 children participated in early learning each month to help kids become kindergarten ready
38,118 private and group swim lessons
300 children participated in safety around water initiatives to prevent drowning
3,448 kids participated in youth sports leagues, and 2,475 enrolled in sports classes to develop healthy lifestyles and build connections (1 out of 4 received financial assistance).
These have been just a few outstanding examples of what we, as a community, have been able to achieve. We are overwhelmingly grateful. And if we could have anything in the new year, it would be more time and connection with all of you. We're looking forward to seeing where we will go together.
From all of us here at the Y – here’s to 2023 being filled with happiness, hope, and Whole Person Health.
In community and gratitude,
Loria B. Yeadon
President & CEO
A special thank you to this year’s sponsors who helped make our vision a reality in 2022.