To the Editor:
The YMCA of the USA 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 percent 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 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. They expect more from their community – and each other.
I agree, and hat’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 Switzerland County YMCA is launching its annual campaign to ensure that everyone in Switzerland County has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Throughout Switzerland County, countless people know the Switzerland County YMCA. But there’s so much more to our Y than one might think. Every day, the Switzerland County YMCA works to support the people that need it most by addressing community issues. For example, a single mother struggling to make it financially wanted to enroll her son in the swim team at the Y. Unable to afford the monthly fee, a donor sponsored the child so that both the mother and child would benefit.
Your financial gift will help to close gaps in our community and to strengthen Switzerland County by helping individuals and families through programs and services that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
To learn how you can support the Y’s cause, visit www.switzymca.org o contact the Y at 812-427-9622. Or better yet come see us – the Y is a great place.
Elizabeth “Itsy” Jones
YMCA Board Member