From Camper to Community Leader

Posted on: May 25, 2018

Haley fell in love with the YMCA her first day of summer camp. She enjoyed the interaction with her camp counselors, the games, swimming, crafts and field trips.

The following summer, Haley’s mom experienced some financial obstacles. She was not able to afford to keep Haley in camp, and needed a safe place for Haley to go while she was at work. A close friend told her that the Y offers financial assistance. It was a great relief when the YMCA was able to provide a partial scholarship that allowed Haley to attend camp.

A couple years later, the Y asked Haley to be a volunteer Junior Counselor. The opportunity thrilled her! She has thrived as a Junior Counselor, showing up every day to greet parents and children in the morning and assisting counselors with games and camp setup.

Haley was the youngest member of the YMCA’s Annual Campaign team. She went throughout her community sharing her Y story and receiving 44 monetary gifts, more than any other campaigner! The Y gave Haley a great place to go, and she also develop into a civic-minded young lady who has discovered she loves helping young children and giving back to her community.

Summer Camp at the Y is a great place for children to be involved, make friends, learn and have fun. Find out more about Summer Camp at your YMCA and register today!

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