Community in Motion

Problem-solvers, innovators, collaborators, activists, volunteers... what do they all have in common? They embody positive impact and change. They are rooted in communities and 
push forward to ensure that we all not only survive but thrive. 

This year, the YMCA brings you Celebrating Community Changemakers (formerly known as the A.K. Guy Awards Event), where we gather to recognize the people who convene the conversations and champion the change needed to create communities we all want to live in.

2023 Changemakers Recap 

The Changemakers celebration was an event to remember. Thanks to a shared commitment to overcoming adversity and fostering opportunities to grow, we raised more than half a million dollars (and counting!) in support of communities in which we can all be proud to live.  

If you are interested in seeing or sharing some highlights from Maggie Walker, Megan Rapinoe, or keynote speaker Tod Leiweke, you can read the recap or watch the video below.

If you are inspired by these changemakers, there are many ways to get engaged as a community changemaker at the Y. We invite you to: 

We look forward to you joining us next year for the 36th Annual Celebrating Community Changemakers event on September 25, 2024.


Award History

The Y has been listening and responding to our region’s most critical social needs for more than 147 years. In 1983, the Y established the A.K. Guy Award in memory of Albert K. Guy. The award honors those who strive to better serve their community through dedicated volunteer service. Learn More >>


About the Cause

When you support the Y, you're helping create communities we all want to live in. Investing in families and young people, particularly those who are farthest from opportunity, is key to advancing equity and justice and building whole person health for all.

As a community-based organization, the Y has a long history of helping support young people in living their healthiest lives and reaching their full potential in spirit, mind, and body. 




Volunteer Today

Volunteering can be fun and fulfilling. Benefits include: improving mood, decreasing stress, exploring passions, and gaining new skills. Whatever your reasons for volunteering, it’s good for your mind and your body, and strengthens our communities.

More Ways to Give

There are many ways to make a difference through the Y: Make a pledge, donate stock, volunteer, or learn about planned giving and matching gifts!

Your Impact

Many hands help community at the Y, from staff who counsel youth experiencing homelessness, and volunteers who help give out meals, to donors who empower the Y to reach more people in need. Learn more about your impact as a Y supporter.