Outer Banks Y’s outreach efforts reach new high

By on February 10, 2024

YMCA’s Annul Soggy Doggy Pool Party

The Y has been known as a place to break a sweat for decades. With an average of 3,000 group fitness participants each month, it’s clear that the Outer Banks Family YMCA knows how to help individuals grow stronger.

But it’s the Y’s efforts to strengthen the community that is too often overlooked. “Our mission at the Y is to provide a welcoming space where individuals and families can thrive,” stated Jamie Koch, Executive Director of the Outer Banks Family YMCA. “While we take pride in our fitness offerings, we want to emphasize that our impact extends far beyond the gym. From swim lessons to summer camps to community service, we’re dedicated to fostering growth and creating meaningful experiences for our community.”

The Y’s community outreach efforts have reached an all-time high. More than $166,000 in financial assistance was provided to local adults and children, ensuring that no one is turned away based on an inability to pay. In 2023, roughly 636 swim lessons taught adults and kids of all ages life-saving skills and a fun activity to enjoy for a lifetime. The Y also hosted 11 weeks of summer day camp, where 80 kids immersed themselves in activities, creating lifelong memories and friendships.

From hosting blood drives and operating a monthly mobile food pantry to facilitating health education sessions and supporting individuals with MS and Parkinson’s, the Y worked to foster connections, provide support and spread joy. Events such as the Soggy Doggy swim, Children & Youth Partnership diaper drive and breaststroke clinic to benefit locals in need of mammograms, further exemplified the Y’s dedication to addressing critical needs through community partnerships.

The Outer Banks Family YMCA has undoubtedly significantly and positively impacted the community through its diverse range of programs and services. As it continues to evolve and expand its outreach efforts, the YMCA remains committed to enhancing the well-being of individuals and families across the Outer Banks.

Learn more about the YMCA of South Hampton Roads at ymcashr.org.


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