Y Stories

Senior Member

  • “I am a senior on a fixed income and thanks to the Reach Out Campaign, I am an active member at the YMCA. My doctor recently commented on how my physical condition had improved. He told me I was in the best condition he had seen me in and my strength and mobility had increased. He said, 'Whatever you are doing at the YMCA, keep doing it.'”

Y Employee

  • “Six months ago, we awarded a family membership to a mom and her two children thanks to the Reach Out Campaign. They come in twice a week to swim, play in the gym and eat dinner in our conference room. As shelter residents, our Y enables this mom to give her kids stability, dignity and quality family time, just like every other family here.”

Chris at the Charlestown Y

  • “The Y helps to uplift your mind and your body, and it cares about health & holistic well-being. That’s what regular gyms lack. It’s not about membership numbers here; it’s about something greater.  The staff is so nice that everyone feels special at the Charlestown YMCA.”

    -Chris, Charlestown Y Member 


  • Yola, a single mother of four children, knew she needed to make a change in her life after being laid off from her job of 20 years at a nursing home. She discovered that her lack of technology and office skills made finding a higher-paying job difficult in a very competitive job market. 

    After graduating from YMCA Training, Inc’s 20-week intensive hands-on program, Yola wrote, “I now know Microsoft Word, Excel, I love PowerPoint and Publisher and other various skills that I have learned that will make me successful in the work place.” Yola is now employed as a Clerk for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


  • “My name is Rae-Jonay and I attended Y overnight camp in New Hampshire last summer through a Y camp scholarship. This was the first time I had ever gone to overnight camp and it would not have been possible without the scholarship. I can’t wait to go to camp again and I am grateful that someone gave me and other Y kids the chance to go to camp.”


  • “This program is so powerful and necessary for young men of color it must continue after we leave. Watching male role models that look like us inspired me to do something great with my life.”

Mary - Sandy Island Family Camp

  • “The decision to donate time and money was an easy one for me. The Y has given so much to us and I feel it is important to give back so that others may have the same wonderful opportunities.

    I know that there are many worthy charities that need support, but the Y has so many programs, including camps, which help to strengthen the community as a whole, but also help guide young children and teens towards productive and healthy activities. And for those people who cannot donate money, there are many opportunities to donate time and volunteer. The opportunities to donate time and money are endless!”

Y Member

  • "Shortly after joining the YMCA my daughter was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and spent a good part of that year in hospitals and rehab. When this former healthy young woman was discharged in a wheelchair, we were just so overwhelmed. The Y became an integral part of her determination to get back on her feet. The Y is the only pool in our vicinity to have a handicapped access pool. We came on a daily basis and she worked very hard on her physical therapy program. I cannot say enough how much it meant after months of her hard work when she graduated to a walker. On that day, your staff gave her a standing ovation! The Y became part of our family... THANK YOU!”

Michelle's Story

  • We are incredibly fortunate to be members of the West Roxbury/Roslindale YMCA. Our story is simple. My husband and I are longtime members who happen to have nine children, one of whom has autism. Estiven is now 13 years old and over the years it has been an incredible struggle to convince him to participate in any activities at all, much less in a recreational facility that is rife with strangers, unfamiliar equipment and constant activity.

John D.

  • “The Y has great community involvement, and I know that as a member here, my money goes to a good cause. The spinning classes are great, and all the weight equipment is great too.” - John