The YMCA recently commissioned a consumer survey to measure how Americans view quality of life in their communities nationwide. The survey was based on several factors, such as community-member involvement and the quality of a community’s services, ranging from education to public safety. Interestingly, the survey revealed a 30% gap between what people say is most important in creating a strong community and how satisfied they are with their own communities in those areas. For example, Americans report that a safe environment for children and assistance for struggling community members (job training, food pantry, etc.) were important for building a strong community; however, they rate their own community low in these same areas.
When asked for the solution to closing this gap, survey respondents held themselves accountable. Survey respondents feel it’s important — now more than ever — to contribute their time and money to community causes (an 8% and 10.5% increase from 2012.) They expect more from their community — and each other.
I agree, and that’s why I believe the Y is a cause worth investing in. The Y needs help from the community to continue its vital work. The YMCA of the Foothills is launching its annual campaign to ensure that everyone in the Foothills has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Throughout the Foothills, countless people know the YMCA of the Foothills. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. Every day, the Y works across the Foothills to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues. For example, through our Safe Swim Initiative we will teach critical water safety and swimming skills to all our kids so that they develop a sense of accomplishment and increase self-confidence and security while near the water.
Your financial gift will help to close gaps in our community and to strengthen the Foothills by helping individuals and families through programs and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Visit www.ymcafoothills.org to learn how you can support the Y’s cause.
La Cañada Flintridge
Editor's Note: The writer is chair of YMCA Annual Support Campaign.