Please allow me to introduce you to this unique resource for citizens of all ages and walks of life, serving Stamford since 1868 by evolving to meet the needs of the times.
I feel blessed by the opportunity to serve as the new CEO of this wonderful organization – to continue building on its strong foundation and to pursue the many opportunities I see for growth and leadership.
Today the Y provides the community with its traditional services – swim, gym and camp – and much, much more.
Its long-standing relationship and physical presence allows us not just to promise, but also to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Strengthening the Stamford community is our cause and we serve three crucial areas of focus to help individuals, families and communities learn, grow and thrive.
These three pillars are:
Youth Development. This includes our award-winning Leadership, Enrichment, Acceptance and Development (LEAD) Programs, mentoring programs, Camp Wow and Teen Adventure summer programs and other positive activities — including a computer lab — designed to close the achievement gap at all educational levels.
Healthy Living. We provide a superior option for fitness including state-of-the-art exercise equipment, exercise classes and an array of aquatics programs at our Olympic-size swimming pool. In addition, we offer health and nutrition education, and social engagement opportunities for children, young adults, adults, and seniors.
Social Responsibility. The Y develops affordable programs that meet community needs and assures access for all, regardless of the ability to pay. It gives committed volunteers opportunities to make a difference in their community and makes effective and efficient use of donor funds to achieve measurable results.
Here’s how we’re evolving and growing:
The Y’s staff and board of directors are committed to engaging in strategic partnerships with our area schools, universities, community-based organizations, civic and business leaders to identify unmet needs in the community and to develop creative ways to meet them.
For example, we’re working to develop new programs and services for seniors, members of Stamford’s growing Hispanic and Asian communities, local college students and employees of the many downtown businesses. We welcome your ideas.
We’re also reaching out to foster robust two-way communication with our members and potential members so that we shape a Y that will inspire connection and commitment – whether to your personal fitness goals or to sharing your talent and experience to help your neighbors.
We want to get to know you and I invite you to stop by and get to know more about us. Please come in and take a tour. Let us know what you like and what you think we can improve. And come back here to our website often to see what’s new.
Let’s work together to keep the Y a dynamic source of enjoyable, life-enhancing experiences – a place where everyone feels that they belong.