October 12, 2020
Dr. Rick Martens joined us from the Anaheim YMCA. The Anaheim YMCA was founded in 1911 and has a volunteer board of directors and over 400 staff members.
The Y serves 7000 kids a day through programs that are built on honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. There are 50-plus community-based Y locations all around Anaheim serving not only that city, but Cypress, Stanton, and La Palma.
There are three main areas of impact. First is youth development that nurtures the potential of every child and teen. Second is championing healthy living by improving peoples’ health and well-being. And last, providing social responsibility by working with our community to give back.
During the COVID-19 crisis, the Y has been providing in-person and virtual programming for their after school programming, created the YMCA Avanza Workforce Development program, continuing the Sports and Swim as well as the Grab & Go programs as well as serving a million meals. The Y still relies on community support from various organizations including the Anaheim Community Foundation, the Anaheim Resort Transportation and the Mayor Pro-Tem Stephen Faessel. Other supporters include the United Way, Frito-Lay, McDonalds, No Kid Hungry, Disneyland, and Yakult, just to name a few.
The YMCA is working on a new Anaheim Community Complex which will include 6 soccer pitches and improved restrooms. The plans are in the works for a new community building as there is currently no facility on site and no swim and gym. The new facility would depend on Proposition 68 funding for $6.5 million for the cost of construction. Private donations are also welcome.
The Anaheim YMCA are having their fundraising Gala on April 10, 2021.
Thank you, Dr. Martens for the information and thank you and the Anaheim YMCA for everything you do in our community. www.anaheimymca.org