YMCA Celebrating 25th year on Saturday

Published 9:35 am Thursday, June 16, 2016

This summer, the Davie Family YMCA will celebrate 25 years serving the community.

The Davie Y began as the vision of local residents in the early 1980s.

Sarah Wood, a longtime Mocksville resident, saw the need for a YMCA in the community and began gathering support and donations. Along with the community steering committee, the YMCA began offering programming in Davie County in 1984.

A year later, the Davie Family YMCA was chartered a branch  – but lacked a facility.

With Sarah’s leadership, the committee raised $1 million toward building a facility. The Davie Family YMCA opened its doors in 1991. Since then, the building has been expanded twice and continues to adapt to meet the changing needs of the community.

Today, the Davie Family YMCA serves thousands of families, children and seniors through a variety of programs.

Here are a few of the ways the Y continues to strengthen the foundations of the community:

• Youth Development: From after-school programs to summer day camp to swim lessons and youth sports, the Y is a destination for children in Davie County. All programs are centered on the Y’s core values of caring, respect, responsibility, honesty, and faith.

• Healthy Living: The Y is focused on improving the nation’s health and well-being, one individual at a time. Through a philosophy that centers on the understanding that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y is so much more than just working out.

• The Davie Family YMCA is home to comprehensive wellness and aquatics facilities, as well as group exercise and water aerobics classes.    The Y recently opened a state-of-the-art training center and offers boot camps and personal training for more individual attention to help people meet wellness goals. The Y also participates in the SilverSneakers and Silver & Fit programs, available to retirees and those eligible for Medicare, who can check with their health care provider to see if they qualify for a membership to the Y at no cost to them.

• Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to the community is at the core of the Y’s existence as a nonprofit. The Davie Family YMCA is one of the only Ys in the region to provide water safety and swim instruction to all second graders in the county for a very minimal cost to students.

The YMCA offers financial assistance so that everyone in the community has the opportunity to benefit from programs and services. The YMCA Open Doors program offers a fee scale to fit the financial situation of individuals. These and many other programs are supported by donations from the community during the YMCA Annual Giving Campaign.

On June 18, the Davie Family YMCA will have a 25-Year Anniversary Celebration on the field next to the YMCA from 9 a.m.-noon. This is a free event for the community with fun events for all ages. There will be inflatables and activities for the children, as well as fun walk/run for everyone, Pickleball clinic in the gym, and more.

To learn more about joining the YMCA or getting involved as a volunteer or donor, visit the website davieymca.org or call 336-751-9622.