The Altru Family YMCA is proud to share our Annual Report to the community.
In 2015, the YMCA continue to focus our efforts on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We expanded our school age after school child care services to include onsite care at the newest school in the Grand Forks Public School District, Discovery Elementary School. Our Summer Day Camp program adopted a new YMCA enhanced curriculum, which includes an increased focus on STEM activities. In Healthy Living, our work in providing support services and programs to individuals diagnosed with a chronic disease continues. Several individuals have been able to enhance their well-being and connect with others in our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for cancer survivors, Diabetes Prevention Program and Parkinson’s Wellness Program. In Social Responsibility, we have enhanced and updated our Safety Around the Water Program, formerly known as Summer Splash, to educate youth about swimming and safety in and around the water. In addition, we have been working with our volunteer leadership to raise the necessary funds to renovate our outdoor playground to create a more accessible play surface and equipment options, which can be utilized not only by our programs, but also by all children in our neighborhood. Finally, we continue to look at ways the Y can partner with other community organizations to strengthen our community and fulfill our mission to youth and families in the area.
Through support received from grants, United Way, the annual YMCA Partner of Youth Campaign, area Foundations, Businesses and Individual Community Leaders, we were able to provide the necessary financial support to insure that no child, individual or family is being turned away from YMCA programs and services due to the lack of financial resources. In addition, the accessibility of our services and programs continues to be enhanced through the sharing of memberships with Choice Health & Fitness, and the combined commitment of our partners, to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to our 200 staff and over 400 volunteers for your continued dedication and support of the YMCA and our mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Debbie Thompson, CEO