Celebrating community changemakers since 1983.
Problem-solvers, innovators, collaborators, activists, volunteers... what do they all have in common? They embody positive impact and change. They are changemakers.
Changemakers are rooted in their communities and push forward to ensure that we all not only survive but thrive. Changemaking is at the center of the YMCA Greater Seattle’s work in community, from community-driven mutual aid volunteerism to creating opportunity and access to those who need us most and creating a safe place for all. So, it is only fitting that celebrating our changemakers is THE biggest event of our year.
This year, the YMCA of Greater Seattle brings you the Celebrating Community Changemakers Event, formerly known as the A.K. Guy Awards Event, where we’ll gather to recognize the people who champion the change needed to create the communities that we all want to live in.
Awards in two categories will be given out in recognition of exceptional volunteerism and impacts on community, that truly speak to urgent issues and enrich the lives of people today and tomorrow.
The A.K. Guy Award is presented to individuals, couples, families, or groups who exemplify the ideals of the late Albert K. Guy through their outstanding volunteer service and dedication to social responsibility and equity and justice for all.
The Judge Charles V. and Lazelle Johnson Excellence in Social Justice Award is presented to an individual, couples, families, or groups who exemplify the ideals of Seattle civil-rights pioneers Charles V. and Lazelle Johnson through their advancement of equity and social justice in one or more of the following areas: community development, children and youth, education, health, environment, legal, economic development, and/or government.
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.
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!
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.