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2014 was a year of growth for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. With an unwavering dedication to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we made great strides in bringing our cause to life throughout Metro Detroit.
We welcomed Scott Landry as our 13th CEO. Scott’s 20-year career with the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit gives him the insight and experience to successfully lead the Y in its role as a cause-driven organization. Under Scott’s leadership, our staff is taking an even more focused approach on creating positive change in the community.
At the Y, we continue to demonstrate that we are here to fulfill many of the needs that exist in Southeast Michigan. In 2014, our 18 branches and overnight camps served 90,000 individuals. More than 3,500 children thrived in summer day camp and childcare. Girls on the Run and STRIDE taught confidence and character to 934 more kids than in 2013. We awarded $1.4 million in financial assistance to our neighbors in need, and we engaged over 10,000 volunteers.
Why is what we do important? Because individuals across Metropolitan Detroit face struggles every day. Youth from low-income families don’t dream big in the summer when their experiences are limited to their backyards. Many Detroit-area teens lack access to real-world career situations. Children with special needs should have access to more activities that empower them or provide them with a sense of independence. Some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community need our help.
The Y is overcoming these issues by nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. At our core, we help people live better lives.
53rd Board Chair
13th President and CEO
2014 was an amazing year. YMCA staff, board and community supporters helped our YMCA raise over $1.3 million for our Annual Campaign. These dollars helped improve the lives of more than 5,000 young people and their families. Below is a snapshot of our community impact.
Specifically, our donor's generosity helped save 1,000 young lives by teaching school-age boys and girls to be safe around water. This is critical because drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among children.
Over 200 youth living with physical or cognitive developmental challenges participated in numerous YMCA field days and other Y programs, giving these delightful children the opportunity to have an authentic Y kid experience despite their special needs.
The generosity of our donors supported the operation of four summer academic camps in Detroit, Pontiac and Farmington that improved the math and reading skills of over 250 kids ages 4 to 12. This essential work mitigated the summer learning loss of our community's most vulnerable youth, enabling students to begin the school year ready to learn.
We awarded over 400 scholarships, eliminating the financial barriers that often prohibit families from giving their child the gift of a traditional overnight camp experience -- unplugged from video games and cell phones and plugged into nature's wonders.
Every year, the YMCA employs hundreds of teens during the summer. In many instances it is their first real-world work experience. In partnership with community organizations and government, we were able to give over 120 teens from economically disadvantaged communities paid work experiences and career and college prep training to guide them on a path to financial independence.
Daily for 40 weeks each school year, the Y engages hundreds of youth in meaningful programs, from robotics to gardening, facilitated by caring adults. This not only supports the child's social development but gives working families peace of mind knowing their child is safe at the Y.
This is a mere snapshot of what an impact contributed revenue has in our communities throughout Metropolitan Detroit.
We are grateful for the gifts given to our Y to support the youth and families in our region.
Association Annual Campaign Chair
Senior Vice President of Mission Resources
Chief Development Officer
It has been a year of transition and growth for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. A change in leadership, a new debt structure and banking partners, and a focus on sharing our mission-driven purpose. More change is on the horizon. In the second half of 2014, we engaged a new software company to enhance our member experience and launch our online presence into the 21st century. We are set to go live with the member management software system in August of 2015, and the opportunities that come with these changes are both demanding and exciting.
During these changes, we remain steadfast in our dedication to meet the financial goals of the organization. We’re thrilled to announce that in 2014, we strengthened operating results and met debt covenant requirements under our new financing arrangement. For the second year in a row, we were able to invest more into one of our greatest assets -- our staff. We implemented a merit increase again in 2014 and delivered on those increases one month earlier than we did in 2013.
Additionally, membership dues and program fees continued to grow, with high quality activities such as summer camp, after school care and personal training leading the way. Girls on the Run and STRIDE increased by 69 percent; this success demonstrates that we are filling a giant need in the community by providing kids with lifelong lessons of self-worth and overcoming obstacles through exercise. Overall, our association’s growth signals that we are impacting more lives by serving more individuals through our work in the community.
Looking ahead, we know that adaptability is critical to our organization’s success and we will continue to change for improvement. The launch of our member management software in 2015 is a significant milestone, as it will give our members an easy and enjoyable experience every time they interact with our Y. This, and many of the other changes happening throughout the Y, helps us to advance our mission. We are excited about the path forward.
Finance Committee Chair
Chief Financial Officer