There are many things to celebrate for 2017. We successfully concluded our Connecting Communities Campaign, raising $16.8 million on our goal of $15.4 million. By investing in current and new facilities, we will better serve our community.
As a result, field lighting was added to the YMCA Sports Complex expanding the usable time of the fields. Youth Sports is a key way for families to stay active and engaged together.
Renovations at YMCA Camp Carter enhance the experiences year round. The renovated dining hall and a new deck added last year provide better gathering spaces, both indoor and out. AND, we are currently under construction for our newest Y, located in southeast Fort Worth.
This new Y is part of a larger collaboration toward community revitalization and includes Cook Children’s, ACH Child and Family Services, Texas Wesleyan, Uplift Education, and Columbia Residential. In partnership with Purpose Built Community, the Y will be promoting holistic community revitalization by supporting community wellness, youth-focused programs including high-quality pre-school and teen enrichment at the new facility.
We want to be part of the solution for families. There will be something for every member of the family. Helping to stop the cycle of poverty and building a stronger community!
Many of volunteer and donors have committed countless hours and financial resources to support the Y. We count you as part of our family! Thank you! It is because of your passion to build a stronger community, one family at a time, that the Y can accomplish our mission of serving all.
A leading nonprofit partner throughout the country, the Y has the proven track record to move communities forward, just as we do here in greater Fort Worth.
As a charity, we work every day to address community needs and ensure that all are welcome and that no one is turned away for an inability to pay.
The Y provided over $6.1 million in total community benefit in 2017 including:
During 2017, 2,138 volunteers dedicated over 42,000 hours of time to serve our community through Y activities.
Most students have better comprehension of academic concepts when they are able to touch, feel and do. They want to feel the leaves, do the experiments, touch the insects. Active, kinesthetic learning is not only more memorable but has also been proven to improve concentration and behavior.
Established over 35 years ago, the Outdoor Education program at YMCA Camp Carter is devoted to helping teachers educate students about the interdependence between people and the environment. Students have the opportunity to learn while exploring trails, hiking, canoeing, fishing and orienteering.
This program operates during the school year and is primarily focused on fourth, fifth and sixth grade students and aligns with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. Students learn responsibility and develop an appreciation of diversity in nature and within each other.
Last year, over 9,100 students participated in outdoor experiences – including every Fort Worth ISD 5th grader.
Teens are our leaders of tomorrow. Learning their responsibilities as a citizen and the role policy plays in that is part of the transition to adulthood. In the Y’s Youth and Government program, teens from across the state meet in their local clubs to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state and propose possible legislation to make state government more efficient.
Locally, 723 high school and junior high students learned critical thinking and communication skills as a foundation for being both knowledgeable and active in the future of our democracy.
The program culminates with the teens serving as delegates at a state conference and debating bills on the floor of the legislature. From this experience, young people learn about the democratic system and are trained in parliamentary procedure, legislative committee process, debate, press relations and lobbying techniques. Delegates learn by doing and have the opportunity to try their hand at leadership in an open and receptive learning environment.
Studies show that seniors who stay socially active and engaged can experience better cognitive function, improved physical and emotional health, boosted immune system and increased longevity.
At the Y, over 16,000 seniors worked on increasing their strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance all while socializing and making new friends. Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, Gentle Yoga, Line Dancing, Young at Heart and water exercise are just a few of the opportunities designed to support seniors health. Additionally, special trips, educational seminars and potluck meals are just a few of the popular social outlets.
Introduced in 2017, in partnership with Tarrant County Public Health, the A Matter of Balance program helps seniors decrease the risk of experiencing a devastating fall by working on increasing strength, flexibility and balance. This program is delivered in a community setting so seniors have the opportunity to engage with friends.
Food choices dramatically affect a person’s health. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Combined with physical activity, diet can help to obtain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cancer) and improve overall mental health.
The Y encourages healthy lifestyles by offering an experienced nutrition professional to provide one-on-one nutrition counseling, our new Nutrition On-The-Go program, support to community gardens, free cooking demonstrations, grocery store tours and more.
|PUBLIC SUPPORT & REVENUE||2017 (unaudited)||2016|
|Government & Other||917,944||889,027|
|Supplies & Equipment||3,156,025||3,180|
|Maintenance & Utilities||2,916,236||2,894,173|
|Transfer to(from) Reserves||(2,6820)||74,522|
|Cash & Investments||$2,411,017||$4,280,422|
|Capital Restricted Cash & A/R||10,574,495||5,130,367|
|Property & Equipment||15,127,136||17,214,041|
|Liabilities & Fund Balance||2017 (unaudited)||2016|
|Short Term Liabilities||$4,008,857||$2,273,267|
|Long Term Liabilities||-||812,270|
|Total Fund Balance||25,243,683||24,509,533|
|Total Liabilities & Fund Balance||$29,252,540||$27,595,070|
These individuals have been recognized by volunteers and staff for their outstanding commitment to the Y during 2017. Whether as a branch board member, a volunteer fundraiser for annual campaign or a youth sports coach, each has given tremendous time and passion to supporting the Y. Their efforts have moved the mission of the Y forward and encouraged youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Arthur Anderson has been a dedicated YMCA volunteer for over 33 years with the McDonald Southeast YMCA. Through the years, Art has served in numerous leadership roles including Annual Campaign co-chair, Minority Achievers Committee, Youth Development Committee, and chair of the Board of Managers from 1995-2000.
Art believes in the Y mission and has a strong passion for our children to advance in foundational skills like reading. He often volunteers to read to Y youth during summer and after school programs.
Through the years, Art’s passion for youth was fulfilled by providing leadership to a former Y program known as Minority Achievers. The program focused on college and career readiness and paired youth with professionals in the community. Art served as a mentor for 10 years.
Art has generously supported the YMCA Annual Campaign, the current Connecting Communities Capital Campaign and has willingly taken leadership roles to lead the board and community to support the Y. Art recently joined the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Endowment, Inc. As an Endowment Board member, he will provide guidance for the overall health and growth of the Endowment Fund to ensure the mission of the YMCA is fulfilled for future generations.
He is an active community member, a faithful member and deacon at Rebirth Church, and helped to organize the Tarrant County Harambee Festival for several years.
Through these experiences and more, Art exemplifies the dedication and commitment of a Chi Rho Award recipient. The YMCA congratulates Art and thanks him for past and future support.
The YMCA is pleased to recognize the Moritz Dealerships as our Community Partnership Award recipient for 2018.
Since its inaugural year in 1981, the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot has become an annual tradition in our community. Through the 36 years, family and friends have come together to begin their Thanksgiving Day in a fun and healthy way. The Trot tradition extends through generations of participants who celebrate the holiday with grandparents, family, neighbors and friends. Every year we hear of families who have declared the Turkey Trot as their new Thanksgiving tradition. Moritz began supporting the event in 1997 with a desire to make a difference in their surrounding neighborhood. The dealership’s long-term support of the YMCA Turkey Trot has allowed the event to grow from less than 3,000 to over 13,000 runners.
Through Moritz’s 20 years of event partnership, the Trot has provided over $2.5 million back to the Y. Proceeds from the Moritz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot are used to fulfill the Y’s mission of providing access and programs for all, regardless of financial barriers many families in our community face daily. As we celebrate 20 years of partnership between Moritz and the Fort Worth YMCA, we applaud the corporation’s leadership for the long-standing commitment to support youth and families in our community.
Thank you again for the continued support of the mission and vision of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.