At the GARDEN CITY FAMILY YMCA one of our most important goals has always been to enrich the lives of kids in our community. But when some are left out it leaves us all a little poorer. That's because giving kids a safe and nurturing place to go benefits everyone. By introducing them to experiences that will help them grow into responsible, successful adults, we make the community we love a better place to live. One child at a time. One family at a time. YMCA programs teach young people important values such as caring, honesty, responsibility and respect. Through a variety of fun and rewarding activities, they also develop valuable skills while they gain confidence and self esteem. You simply can't put a price on strengthening and enriching the character of a child.
"The YMCA helped me when I had no one to turn to. They essentially became my family. I always told my kids, “You put God and education 1st, and you will succeed.” Family is important, the YMCA is my family I love it here. The YMCA continues to help in ways that people sometimes never realize. Thanks to the YMCA, my kids have been introduced to football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, swim team, and many other activities. Children today have many influences waiting for them. The YMCA helps kids get involved in sports and other fun after school activities. There are so many other unhealthy and damaging things children could be doing after schools, and on weekend, and the YMCA helps to deter that, helping to ensure a better future for them."
- Tina Barton, Childcare Scholarship Recipient
"We would sincerely like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making the scholarship program possible. Without you, we would not be able to enjoy the facility and programs offered by the YMCA during this transitional period in our lives. We are very active with our children and thoroughly enjoy spending time together at the YMCA which upholds the values and character we strive to instill in our children. We are honored to be a part of the YMCA family!"
-Kandace Kennis, Membership Scholarship Recipient
" I feel privileged for the opportunity to help the YMCA with its mission and efforts."
- Scott E Daniel, Volunteer Youth Sports Coach
" If it wasn't for the scholarship program, I wouldn't be able to come,"
- Paula Knoll, Aquatics Scholarship Recipient
"The people here are nice, simple people. It's a family place."
- Teresa Parra, Membership Scholarship Recipient