January 11, 2016
by Joangrace Espiritu
People of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps. Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. People are not connected to their neighbors and face time happens through a phone. Instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow.
After 35 years of serving San Diego County, YMCA Childcare Resource Service understands what our community needs to be its best. Working with our donors and partners, the Y provides everyone the opportunity to be healthy and thrive, to connect with others, and contribute to a better community.
TOGETHER, WE CAN CREATE BRIGHTER FUTURES
The Y is a positive force in this community. Together, we take on the challenges that shape San Diego’s future. From ensuring high school students with special needs have a safe place to thrive, to teaching young children the social skills needed to be successful or giving low-income families the opportunity to experience camp for the first time, everything the Y does is in service of creating a brighter future. Every day, our community faces new challenges that create a greater need for the work we do. YMCA donors, volunteers, members, and partners help San Diego and everyone in it shine.
All people deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. We see every interaction with children and teens as an opportunity for learning and development—grounded in the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Through support of our annual fundraising campaign, a brighter future is within reach.
OUR IMPACT, OUR STORY
Every dollar donated to YMCA Childcare Resource Service has a lasting impact on the people of San Diego; 100% of Annual Campaign donations support the following programs by:
Helping high school students with special needs develop self-confidence, independence and character values - Clark Gurley was a Teens in Motion participant from 2008-2013. Teens in Motion is an after school program for high school students with disabilities. The goal of the program is to encourage independence and provide a safe opportunity for students to socialize with friends. Today, Clark volunteers at one of our sites and provides care and serves as a role model for students.
Here is a speech that Clark wrote about our Teens in Motion program:
Creating communities that support healthy living by addressing behavior concerns in early childhood education – For over 10 years, our team of behavior experts provided strategies to build social emotional skills. Over 95% of children who have used our behavior services have seen a decrease in behavior concern. Fundraising dollars will help subsidize much needed behavior support services for families who are unable to pay.
Expanding our camp program to reach more people who need them – This past summer, we sent 50 children in our subsidized child care program to overnight camp. “This is the first time my three sons have ever been to camp and their first time surfing. Thank you so much for everything. My boys loved it! I could never afford to send my kids to camp without the help from CRS.”
By making a difference here, you become part of a collective effort to impact communities nationwide. Join us in creating brighter futures for our families; GIVE today.