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We focus our work in three key areas, because nurturing the potential of kids, helping people live healthier, and supporting our neighbors are fundamental to strengthening communities.
For recently unemployed single parent, Emily Shaedler, enrolling her son Maddox in a summer camp seemed unlikely until she reached out to the Downtown YMCA. Referred by a friend, Emily talked to Senior Program Director of Youth and Adult Sports, Michael Greco who explained the ins and outs of the Y’s Financial Aid program. Emily was amazed that Michael, only a few months into the position, was not only knowledgeable, but very warm and personable: “Like most people, we have pride especially when it comes to asking for financial support…Michael didn’t judge us based on our circumstances. He treated us as a priority.”
Michael’s commitment at helping Maddox become part of the YMCA’s Summer Camp Program came at a crucial time for Emily. With summer approaching, she aimed to get Maddox involved in activities outside of home.
Through Financial Aid, Maddox not only had a blast at camp, but his enrollment allowed Emily to learn of his talents: “Maddox is quite the athlete (of course he gets that from his mother)…[YMCA Coaches are] positive male role models in our children’s lives especially Maddox…The joy, love, and support they brought and continue to bring is immeasurable.”
Because of the generous support from YMCA staff and financial contributions from various donors, Emily plans to sign Maddox up for the YMCA’s flag football team in the Fall. Emily is grateful to all who helped let her and Maddox see his potential: “Maddox and his new friends had such an amazing time this summer—he still tells the stories…a huge ‘thank you’ goes to the Downtown YMCA for generously giving families the opportunity to enjoy some of the finer things in a child’s life like summer camp and the opportunities that follow.”
You Can Help Your YMCA!The YMCA staff and volunteers are committed to creating and maintaining a place for youth, families and seniors to go to grow strong in spirit, mind and body. We are committed to making sure that every YMCA member has a quality experience at the YMCA. All of our programs are designed to teach and promote the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
There are many ways you can help support your YMCA and all gifts truly make an impact.
- Annual Strong Kids Campaign
Your unrestricted donation helps provide programs to those who otherwise couldn't afford to participate. The YMCA needs you to help children grow up happy and healthy, to support families in their efforts to be strong, and to make your neighborhood a safer, healthier, better place to live and work. The Annual Support Campaign is held each year in February, but donations are welcomed throughout the year.
- Heritage Club
The Heritage Club recognizes and honors individuals who include the YMCA in their estate plans. Through their foresight, these dedicated donors assure the YMCA's greatness for tomorrow by establishing their commitment today.
Contact InformationDowntown YMCA
500 W. Broadway Ste. B,
San Diego, CA 92101
(located between Columbia & India street)