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Dear Y Community,
It’s with an incredible sense of pride and gratitude that we reflect on 2020 at the Y of Greater Seattle. Never have the needs in the community been greater. With the support of donors and partners, we were there for those who needed us most at the most critical time. In the toughest year on record, faced with the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and social injustices, we locked arms with our community and pressed forward with optimism and hope to meet the ever-shifting needs of youth, families, and communities.
Last year, we took action in creating the Equity and Justice Center of Excellence, expanded affordable behavioral health for all, offered free or low cost childcare for first responders and health care workers, opened new housing facilities in South King County and Tacoma, fed more kids than ever before through our Hunger Initiatives, helped students and families in the virtual classrooms, and enabled 277 teens to experience the great outdoors through summer backpacking trips, all when these programs were needed most and more complicated to provide.
I am forever grateful to the members, donors, staff, partners, and elected officials who have stood by us during this difficult year to support our critical work. This support manifests as an investment in the future we all aspire to build for our children, one where all people, especially the young, are empowered to reach their full potential in spirit, mind, and body.
2021 comes to us with much work to do. I look forward with great expectation to the days ahead and the opportunity to continue our work for even greater impact in the next normal, forever in service for a better us.
President & CEO, The Y of Greater Seattle
This coming March, our Annual Fund Drive kicks off! It is your financial support that keeps Y programs available for kids and families who need us the most. While membership dues keep the lights on, gifts from our donors through the Annual Fund Drive support our mission.
When you give to the Y, your gift has a meaningful, lasting impact right in your own neighborhood. What many of our members and donors don’t know is that the Y is a non-profit organization. The contributions we receive during the Annual Fund Drive are the very foundation through which we tackle our communities’ most urgent needs — giving people hope for a better future and the means to achieve it.
Be on the lookout, we'll be sending out more information soon on how you can get involved or you can even donate today.
This year, we are combining two events that you may remember, the Nexus Youth and Families Valentine’s Breakfast and The Accelerator Dinner, into one powerful event to benefit the Y Social Impact Center. We hope you will join us virtually for an impactful evening on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 6:00-7:30 pm (PST).
Through powerful storytelling, you'll learn how volunteers, staff, and program participants are using the medium of art to find the resiliency needed to persevere during these unprecedented times. You will also hear stories of collaboration with community partners as we work together to interrupt trauma and provide a pathway forward for all people to reach their full potential.
The A.K. Guy Award is presented annually to individuals, couples, or families who exemplify the ideals of the late Mr. Guy through their outstanding volunteer service and dedication to social responsibility. We are pleased to announce, that after a six year hiatus, this prestigious event will return in 2021. Please hold our date of September 29, 2021. More details on the event and this year’s honoree to follow.
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