This summer Ys across the state made a tremendous impact in the lives of Texas families. Acting on the desire to serve others, we worked side by side with amazing community partners to deliver exceptional programs such as lessons on aquatic safety, educational curriculum that addressed the summer learning loss and tackled hunger by providing nutritious summer meals at no cost to our participants. We were successful in our service delivery because of strong leadership in the community at our local Ys.
This summer we were very busy! We kicked off the season with a visit from Neil Nicoll, President & CEO of YMCA of the USA. In his visit to Texas, Neil talked to our local Y CEOs about Y-USA’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. In his talk, he outlined specific frames for action that plotted the direction of our Y Movement. He highlighted the role that local Ys can play in social responsibility through our advocacy work. With that nugget of information, we hit the ground running by inviting members of Congress to visit Ys within their district. We had overwhelming support from our elected officials and their staff and would like to personally thank Congressman Joe Barton (Corsicana), Congressman Gene Green (Houston), Congressman Mike Conaway (Midland), Congressman Michael McCaul (Austin), Congressman Beto O’Rouke (El Paso), Congressman Pete Session (Dallas) and Congressman Lamar Smith (Kerrville) for making the time to meet with their constituents at our Ys.
As the year progresses we will continue to advocate on behalf of healthy habits that combat chronic disease. With help from our community partners and devoted volunteers we will finalize our legislative priorities for the 84th Legislative Session. It is also our hope to grow our grassroots advocacy network to 2,500 advocates by the end of the year. We believe it’s our duty to take a stand on critical community issues within our areas of focus while proactively engaging leaders, influencers and passionate supporters like you. As an Alliance, we plan to continuously impact youth, adults and families in the places they live, learn and thrive.
James P. Finck, Chair
Texas State Alliance of YMCAs