YMCA Annual Report 2013
The YMCA has been a wonderful resource for my family, and has always been a constant in our lives. We were members of the YMCA in Florida before being relocated to Virginia. When I was a child, I swam on the YMCA Bolts Swim Team. My niece currently competes with the YMCA gymnastics team, Team Florida. I was very happy to find and join a YMCA when I moved to Virginia. It reminded me of home and I knew I would not be disappointed. My 3 children have taken gymnastics, swimming, soccer, and basketball at the YMCA. The YMCA, once again, has become family. My daughter, Amalie, has taken private swim lessons at the YMCA for four years. She started at age 2, was swimming by age 3 and can now swim all four strokes and a 500 freestyle nonstop. Last summer, at a private pool party, my daughter was swimming in the deep end when she noticed an unconscious 4 year old on the bottom of the pool. She swam over and told me immediately. I pulled him out (not breathing, no pulse) and he was revived through CPR. The child is fine now and has no long term side effects. I put my daughter in swim lessons at the YMCA hoping that if she ever got into a dangerous water-related situation, the skills she learned would save her life. I never thought that the YMCA would help her to save another child’s life. I am so grateful that the YMCA taught my daughter to swim and I know that the little 4 year old boy and his family are as well. I know that my children are much safer in the water now, than they were before taking swim lessons at the YMCA.
— Michelle Brown & Family, Members of YMCA Fairfax County Reston
The values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for the future. Here’s how our region’s young people got an opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve in 2013.
Healthy living is at the heart of a life well lived. Yet with today’s demands on our time, it’s not getting any easier. At the Y, our goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for every child and adult. With our caring staff and progressive programs, we are delivering positive change.
I had been heavy my whole life and didn’t care much about my health… until my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He was very overweight when he got sick, so his symptoms were much worse than others. I was 33 years old and I decided I need to take control of my life. Yet if I knew how to get healthy on my own, I would’ve done it by now. I knew I needed help for something this important. I walked into the Y, and found a boot camp class that meets every Monday and Wednesday morning. It took me 10 minutes to walk up the stairs to the 7th floor studio. I walked in, was immediately daunted and walked back out. Two flights down the stairs, I turned back around. From then on, I kept getting up and going in. Everyone in the class was much more in shape than I, but they took the time to help me, especially the instructor Ryan. I started working out two days a week in boot camp and one on my own. Ryan even offered me a free personal training session. The Y was so supportive and unintimidating.
I’m the person who’s responsible for my health, and Ryan is now a close second. My eating is better, my health is better and my blood pressure dropped. By October 2013, I had lost 80 pounds and started running for fun. Ryan was so invested in my success that he came out to my first Army 10-Miler to encourage and track me from the sidelines. In April 15, 2013, when I started going to the Y, I could barely run a mile. Just eleven months later, I finished my first marathon.
— John Hagner, Member of YMCA National Capital
The Y is a leading voice on health and well-being issues—and a leader in fighting chronic disease. Here’s how we empowered people to lead fuller, healthier and more connected lives in 2013.
We have been listening and responding to the DC region’s most critical needs for 162 years. Whether providing assistance for at-risk families, developing skills and confidence through mentoring, or building healthier communities, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need and deserve.
Imagine being born in a world with few choices and no opportunities; where you are breaking the law if you learn how to read and defying the odds by being able to purchase your own freedom. The 1850s were a time plagued by slavery, gambling, crime and callous divides. There was a dire need for refuge and wholesome activities in every home, but no plight was more challenging than that of African Americans.
Anthony Bowen, a slave who purchased his freedom for $425 in 1830, envisioned a different future. Just two years after the Y was founded in the U.S., Anthony Bowen organized the first YMCA to serve African-Americans. For over 100 years, this Y was the only place African American men could nurture their potential, and it quickly became an anchor in the U Street/ Shaw community. Great minds found refuge at YMCA Anthony Bowen – poet Langston Hughes, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Charles Drew, Duke Ellington, NBA great Elgin Baylor, activist Marcus Garvey and many more.
“Not only did this Y survive decades of civil unrest, economic hardship, and racial conflict, but it also continues to serve as a metropolis for African-American intellectual and cultural life, nurturing some of the greatest leaders in our history,” states Angie L. Reese-Hawkins, President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.
160 years after its founding, over 150 leaders surge W Street, NW to revive an iconic YMCA and its inspiring heritage. YMCA Anthony Bowen re-opened on September 9, 2013 as a welcoming, diverse and inspiring community space. The redeveloped YMCA unites the right minds and resources for community interaction, education, healthy living, and life-changing programs. The ability of this Y to adapt and serve its community’s evolving needs has made it renowned the world over. But at the end of the day, we’re offering more than progressive amenities and programs, we’re reviving a legacy.
YMCAs have a history of serving their communities in resourceful, innovative and timely ways. Our staff and volunteers may not have all the answers, but here’s how their courage challenged personal and social ills in 2013.
When you are involved with the Y, you help bring about lasting personal and social change. Whether you want to nurture the potential of youth, improve your or your family’s health and well-being, or give back and support your neighbors, we're grateful that you make the YMCA so much more.
Be a part of a cause for strengthening community that is committed every day to helping you and your kids learn, grow and thrive.
Donate vital financial resources for nurturing the potential of kids, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and giving back and supporting our neighbors.
Take an active role in bringing about meaningful, enduring change right in your own neighborhood.
Address the nation’s most pressing social issues, with a nonprofit that has the long-standing track record and on-the-ground presence to not just promise, but deliver, lasting personal and social change.
Below is our audited financial report for fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.
|Investment Income, Net||$770,422|
|Property Valuation Gain||$500,000|
|Physical Education & Athletics||$22,541,368|
|Management & General||$6,173,617|
|Change in Net Assets||($278,455)|
|Total Liabilities & Net Assets||$78,508,355|