It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the year! The official first day of summer is quickly approaching, but Ys across Texas have already kicked it off with summer camp, sports programs, swim lessons, and so much more. Our goal as an organization is to give kids and families the best summer ever while strengthening their spirits, minds, and bodies.
Beyond the programs that we provide to the communities we serve, our team is dedicated to establishing connections and new partnerships. Across the state, we’ve seen some devastating weather impact several communities – from tornados to flooding there’s no doubt that Texas communities have been hit hard. Through the devastations, we’ve seen communities unite and work together to address current problems and prepare for future events. In Houston, the YMCA offered a safe haven for flood victims to pick up supplies, shower and utilize their facilities. In Tyler, El Paso and Austin, YMCAs have partnered with the American Red Cross to introduce the Pillowcase Project and emergency preparedness strategies to third through fifth graders. Through this partnership, six hundred Texas children were given practical steps and tools to share with their families in case a disaster strikes. As part of our commitment to youth development, we want to ensure that children and their families are equipped to encounter even the most unexpected and difficult circumstances.
As you read the stories in this newsletter, I hope you see the impact the Y is having across the state and the potential there is as we continue to expand community partnerships. From supporting additional military members and families with a new Armed Services YMCA to providing water safety classes in twenty apartment complexes in Fort Worth, the work Ys are doing in Texas is unique. Each community we serve is diverse and I feel privileged to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of each person we come in contact with.
James P. Finck, Chair
Texas State Alliance of YMCAs