Rockbridge Area YMCA

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When was your organization founded and what is its mission statement?

This Y was founded in 2003 in order “to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living, social responsibility.”

Who is your director?

Executive Director Alysan Raymond

What programs and services does your organization offer and to whom are they offered?

We embrace diversity and are open to all. Our focus is healthy living – nutrition and physical activity. We offer a lot of group exercise classes, aquatic classes, personal training, afterschool care, summer camp, gymnastics for children, and more.

Please list any available statistics demonstrating your organization’s recent successes:

We have over 2,000 members. We offer over 60 exercise classes each week. We averaged 50 children in summer camp.

Please list any community partnerships:

Carilion, United Way, county and city schools, W&L, Rockbridge 2020, Prevention Coalition

What volunteer opportunities are available at your agency?
Happy Hearts program presented in the local schools – with a focus on healthy habits for children, especially good nutrition – volunteers are needed.
Why is working for this organization important to you?

Because of its mission. As a Y, we can positively impact the lives of children and adults. We can make a difference in the health and well-being of local residents. I’ve been with the YMCA for 15 years, 5 years here in Lexington, and I diligently work the Y mission and increasing the visibility of the Y mission, alongside of Y staff.

What is your favorite memory of working with this organization?

The golf tournaments and the Silent Auctions bring folks together for a ‘good cause’ – seeing everyone engaging with one another, connecting and sharing laughter, is one of my favorite images of the Y’s work.

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