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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.
Growing up at the YMCA
From the age of two to fifteen, I grew up in an orphanage. My New York orphanage recognized the value of youth programs and I was often sent to the YMCA. I would learn how to swim, go to summer camp, and attend boy Scouts (in New York in the 1940’s the Boy Scouts were connected with the YMCA).
I enjoyed my experiences. It got me out, kept me active, kept me healthy and kept my mind active.
At camp I would learn how to make fires, build tents, canoe, play volley ball, go hiking and tell “Tim Tyler” ghost stories. I learned how to tie knots, go fishing. The things I learned have stuck with me today.
I thought my experiences were valuable. I donate yearly so that underprivileged children have the chance to enjoy camp.
My camp experiences were valuable in preparing me for the Marine Corps. I served in the Vietnam war and became a decorated marine earning several bronze stars.
After the war I worked as a stock broker for both Wall Street and for Chase Manhattan. Then from 1990 to 2000 I became a supervisor of donations for the Salvation Army.
How the YMCA Helps Richard Today
I joined the San Diego YMCA in July 2005. When I first joined Arthritis and Diabetes had taken over. I was unable to walk half a block with out taking a break. Arthritis had taken over. I made some very serious life changes. I quit smoking, changed my diet and started exercising.
Today I can walk all day with out taking a break. When I started at the YMCA I was only able to swim 2-3 laps. Now I am approaching thirty laps.
I attribute my success to the YMCA. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s fantastic. You get more one on one time with trainers. You can always get 20 people to assist you. There are good classes for seniors and good programs for summer camps.
From orphan, to decorated war hero, to productive citizen, the Downtown YMCA is proud to have Richard as part of our programs for the past 60 years!
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)