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As the YMCA of El Paso celebrates 135 years of service to the El Paso community, officials are asking community members to share their ‘Y’ stories of programs and events that made a difference in their lives.
“In 1886, 19 men decided to form a YMCA to keep men off the streets and away from the ‘attractiveness of vice,” YMCA officials shared Monday. “135 years later, the YMCA of El Paso is for everyone and still keeping people away from the ‘attractiveness of vice.”
As the 7th oldest organization in El Paso and with a service area encompassing El Paso, southern New Mexico and the surrounding communities, many residents have countless stories of the YMCA’s impact on their lives. Now, officials are asking community members to share those stories with all.
“Many of you can say that you learned to swim at the YMCA or that you played basketball at the Y. I have heard from members that the YMCA has saved their lives, keeps me going and so many other stories…please take time to share your story with me. I want to hear how the YMCA made a difference in your life,” YMCA President and CEO Bill Coon shares.
“Did you know a Harlem Globetrotter began at the Loya Family YMCA? It is true!” Coon added.
Even during the pandemic-dominated year of 2020, officials with the YMCA of El Paso say they served over 2,200 people. From providing financial funding to families, classes, meals, tutoring and more, the impact of the ‘Y’ sustained and encouraged residents from around the region.
Officials give full credit to those in the community supporting the program, from sponsors to volunteers, they say their contributions are crucial to the work they do.
“Bob Bowling, WestStar, Academy, Hunt Family Foundation, Loya Insurance, Superior Health, Amerigroup, Momentum Orthopaedic Solutions, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Matrix, El Paso Community Foundation and many more,” Coon shared. “Our volunteers are the best…from our youth sports coaches to our Board of Directors, we cannot ask for better volunteers.”
For donations, information, schedules and more, visit www.elpasoymca.org