Success Stories

The Annual Campaign creates thousands of success stories throughout the Triangle. Thanks to your donations, children like Cyd reach school-system benchmarks. Adults like Gloria can live healthier lives. And, working parents, like Donna, know that their children are safe, active and happy after school.

A Place to Belong

“I lived in a public housing project nine blocks from the YMCA. At 7 years old, I was invited to go to the Y, and I’ve been there ever since.”    Tom Bradshaw credits the YMCA with giving him his first pair of sneakers and inspiring him to get involved in the community. Over the years, Tom, the...

Preventing Diabetes - Saving Two Lives

Helen’s mom needed a kidney, but Helen knew she couldn’t help her mom until her own health was under control.    “In September 2015, I learned my mother was experiencing kidney failure. At that time I had been working out a little bit at the YMCA, but I had already been diagnosed with pre-diabetes...

A Place of Opportunity

Emmanuel, known at the Y as “Sushi,” grew up in Kenya, where his mom was a member of the Y. When the family moved to Raleigh, the Y provided a safe haven for him while his mom was at work. It also provided a place for opportunity.    “The YMCA has impacted my life in numerous, numerous ways,” he...

Achieving with Year-Round Support

When school lets out for the summer, low-income students lose two months of reading achievement while middle-income students progress by one month. At the Y, we believe every child deserves the resources to achieve. That's why we provide year-round academic support. Achieve Marietta and Haddy are...

Darlynn - This is Us

“Make a claw with your hand as you hold the knife,” says Darlynn as she helps a young camper dice a ripe tomato. “This is going to taste great.”This isn’t culinary camp. It's Camp High Hopes, the YMCA’s subsidized summer day camp. Darlynn isn’t a chef or a dietician. She’s a volunteer who relied on...

A Family Finds Themselves with YMCA Programs

Eight-year-old Elias and his 13-year-old sister Gethsemane are great examples of the YMCA's ripple effect. Elias dove into YMCA programs as a kindergartner starting in Camp High Hopes, the YMCA's fully subsidized summer day camp. Camp provided a safe place for Elias to learn new skills while his...

Improving Health and Wellness

Meet Laura. In 2016, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. That's when a good friend prescribed the Y.   improve “I have a friend who had cancer in 2015 and she said to me, ‘once you’re past all the treatments, you really need to go to the Y for the LIVESTRONG program,’” said Laura.     Laura...

A fresh start for a family with the YMCA

When Jennifer moved to North Carolina, she was looking for a fresh start, a new job and a safe place for her 8-year-old son, Julian. "I was afraid to leave Julian with strangers. He's had a tough life and had a hard time trusting people," said Jennifer. "Everybody told me to try to the Y." Jennifer...

Building People and Communities

Beth and Buck are longtime YMCA champions because they've seen how the Y builds people and community. They became Y members when they first moved to the Triangle in the early 90s, and their children participated in many Y programs while growing up.    CHANGE LIVES “We were fortunate that we could...

Changed Life - Changed Outlook

Each week as most people head home after work, Michelle laces up her running shoes to join her YMCA friends for a three-mile run. A routine visit to her doctor at Alliance Medical Ministry, a faith-led medical ministry that serves uninsured, working adults, convinced Michelle to change course. “My...

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