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OUR POTENTIAL

2019 DONOR NEWSLETTER


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY YMCA

2018
To you, our wonderful Y donor!

I am so humbled to be a leader
of an organization that so many
people choose to support so
generously. It is because of
you that we have been able to
make a greater impact on the
community this year. We were
able to double the size of Camp
THRIVE, to serve 80 children,
to reduce their summer learning loss; complete a significant
$600k remodel of our fitness center; and execute the first
phase of a locker room cosmetic remodel.

Camp THRIVE has made such an impact on it’s participants and


their families. Camp THRIVE provided enriching activities, guest
speakers, and field trips that all encouraged summer learning
and most of all made it fun! For many of the kids it was their
first time visiting Cuesta College, museums, and libraries on
the field trips. It made a huge impact on them by sparking their
interests for new hobbies and even future careers. Our Healthy
Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) program is also making
such a difference to our afterschool program and preschool
families. As a result of the HEPA program, children are learning
the benefits of eating the vegetables and how to prepare them.
Parents are shocked to learn that their child cooked, tried,
and liked vegetables like kale, tomatoes, and artichokes. This
program has encouraged and made it easier for parents and
their families to lead healthy lifestyles.

It is also projected that we will give out approximately


$220,000 in financial assistance and program support to local
families in need in 2019. You make all of this possible! Thank
you for generosity and support!

On the cover: summer campers are


enjoying a warm day boating in
Morro Bay!

2019
OUR VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS
COMPRISED OF LOCAL PROFESSIONALS WHO
ARE PASSIONATE FOR THE Y’S MISSION.

Chief Volunteer Officer:


Cynthia Vizcaíno Villa, California Polytechnic University
Board Members:
Ryan Andrews, Carmel & Naccasha LLP
Michael Boyer, Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab
Michael Bradley, California Mid-State Fair
Matthew Bronson, City of Grover Beach
Keith Byerly, Retired Technologist
Deanna Cantrell, Chief of Police, San Luis Obispo
Sarah Conn, Pismo Beach Veterinary Clinic
Cheryl Cuming, MarketCher
Arthur Dominguez, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
Brandon Downing, KSBY Communications, Inc.
Carl Dudley, Pacific Western Bank
Amity Faes, Pacific Premier Bank
Lisa Gonzalez, Controller On Call
Erik Justesen, RRM Design Group
Eric Linkugel, Pacific Gas & Electric
Jim Lipcamon, Twin Cities Community Hospital
John Peschong, SLO County Supervisor
Eric Prater, Ed. D., San Luis Coastal Unified School District
Tara Teitge, MBA, Community Volunteer
Valerie Vaz, AMF Media Group

2019
2019
The San Luis Obispo County YMCA provides over $200,000 in
Program Support and Financial Assistance to an average of 15%
of families served. Families receive an average of 25% off their
program fees, but can receive up to 100% depending on their
circumstances and need.

THE PEOPLE WE SERVE...

+2,000 750 43
FITNESS AFTERSCHOOL CARE PRESCHOOL
MEMBERSHIPS PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS

+1,300 57 1,100
DAY CAMP TEEN PROGRAM SPORTS
PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS
2019
Forrest has a lot of challenges
and the Y staff were very open to
helping him with what they could
and were wonderful. I know that
he is safe [at the Y] and he trusts
them.

Forrest loves the field trips. [The


Y] has taken that child all over
the place. He does really well. He’s so excited for the field trips.
That’s the highlight for him, to get to go to these places, to the
beach and the pool. Forrest has a lot of anxiety, so the fact that
he is excited and happy about something is amazing.

The first time he went to the Discovery Museum in Santa Maria.


He was so excited for that. He loves bugs and creating. As soon
as I walked in the camp door he’s talking to me and telling me
that they went to the museum that day. He just kept talking
about it. He was so happy. That was probably the first field trip
he went on with [the Y] at his first Winter Camp. Ever since then,
he’s like where are we going next. He might worry about where
[the camp] is going because he’s not exactly sure, but he’s willing
to go and to go without me. That is huge. He trusts these people
and they do an amazing job with him. They’ve been a huge
part of his support. It’s always been a very caring, helpful, and
encouraging atmosphere to him and he feels safe there.
- Susan Soto, Afterschool and Summer Camp Parent
2019 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND PROGRAM SUPPORT*
$60,000

$50,000

$40,000

$30,000

$20,000

$10,000

$0
Afterschool Preschool Fitness Camps Program
Programs Programs Memberships Support
* These are projected amounts based on current numbers
2019
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT
Camp THRIVE
Camp THRIVE is a free summer day camp in partnership
with the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. Camp
THRIVE aims to reduce summer learning loss that many
low income children experience over school breaks. This
year Camp THRIVE doubled in size to serve 80 children.
Camp THRIVE provided enrichment activities, guest
speakers, and field trips to make learning fun.

“MY SON IS READING MORE


AND ENJOYING IT MORE
THAN HE USED TO. HE
LIKES TO SHOW ME THAT
HE CAN READ IT, BEFORE HE
WOULDN’T EVEN WANT TO
LOOK AT A BOOK, BUT NOW
HE LIKES TO [READ].”
- LIZBETH HERNANDEZ,
CAMP THRIVE PARENT

“I WAS REALLY WORRIED


ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE
TO HAVE CARE FOR THEM
AFTER SUMMER SCHOOL.
I WAS WORKING AND IT’S
REALLY DIFFICULT FOR ME
TO GATHER UP ALL THE
MONEY FOR CHILDCARE,
ESPECIALLY WITH A
NEWBORN. I LOVE IT AND
MY KIDS LOVE IT.”
-ALEXANDRIA ROY,
CAMP THRIVE PARENT
2019
What I loved most about
being a leader for Camp
Thrive would have to be
watching the kids grow
together over the weeks,
making friends, and trying
new things. Camp Thrive is
perfect for kids wanting to get
out of their comfort zone, not
only academically, but also
with the various field trips,
rotational activities planned, and guest speakers. I found myself
often learning things I didn’t know and trying things I had
never done before, like shooting an arrow into a stack of hay.
So fun! It was also amazing to see the kids pull together and
become stronger with teamwork skills - working for a common
goal, like an ice cream party. It was also great to see the more
shy kids open up to others, or get excited about a new topic
they learned. A great moment for me in Camp Thrive was
during our Cuesta College field trip, when the all the kids, being
far more brave than me, held three different kinds of snakes.
It was great to see the kids mesmerized by new creatures,
and a few later told me they want to study science now. Its so
rewarding to see kids develop new passions for learning and
having enthusiasm to try new things, and I am so grateful I got
to be apart of the experience through the YMCA, Camp Thrive
program.
- Madison Sams, Camp THRIVE Leader

2019
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