From healthy living initiatives, to expanded youth development programs, to social responsibility engagement, the Y continues to serve our communities’ needs. As we reflect on 2018, here are a few highlights.
Pedaling for Parkinson’s is a new research-based indoor cycling program that was launched at two of our Y branches in 2018. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease and to educate patients, caregivers and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Active bodies equal an active mind.
As a part of our social responsibility to the community, we increased our water safety and drowning prevention efforts by introducing a Dry Land Education program. We were able to serve over 7,400 youth in 2018 with key drowning prevention education. We also increased our Safety Around Water outreach participation by 25%, taking free water safety classes to local apartment pools.
We began construction on a brand new YMCA Camp Carter Welcome Center that will be completed in the summer of 2019. 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.
We also continued construction on our brand new William M. McDonald YMCA in the southeast Fort Worth community that opened in January of 2019. A community-accessible pool, large pre-school, dedicated youth space, wellness area, demonstration kitchen and full gymnasium with a walking track is included in this state-of-the-art facility. As a part of Purpose Built Communities in partnership with Renaissance Heights United, the William M. McDonald YMCA will create access to healthy living and family and youth programming such as, youth mentoring, after school enrichment, early education, youth sports, nutrition education and gardening and chronic disease prevention.
Lastly, with the changing landscape of wellness and shifting community needs, we made some difficult decisions to transition out of two of our branches – Southwest YMCA and Westside YMCA. To strengthen programs and services to families in the southwest part of Fort Worth, we will invest into the Ryan Family YMCA with funds from the sale of the Southwest facility, in conjunction with a generous grant from the Ryan Family Foundation. We also collaborated with the City of Fort Worth and LVTRise to transition our Westside facility to a Fort Worth Community Center in order to address changing community needs in the Las Vegas Trail area. The Y will continue to provide senior wellness programming and youth development programs, such as afterschool care and water safety education in west Fort Worth.
We want to be part of the solution for our community needs. There is something at the Y for every member of the family.
In closing, many volunteers and donors have committed countless hours and financial resources to support the Y. We count you as part of our family and we couldn’t be where we are today without you. Thank you for your support and passion to build a stronger community for 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 nearly $6.8 million in total community benefit in 2018 including:
During 2018, 2,541 volunteers dedicated over 50,000 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 9,300 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, 339 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.
Our shared intent is to improve the community’s health by leading the transformation of healthcare delivery from a system largely focused on treatment of illness to a collaborative community-based approach focused on well-being, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
The Y has introduced several evidence-based health intervention programs such as:
In 2018, 284 individual’s health was improved through our evidence-based health intervention programs.
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||2018 (unaudited)||2017|
|Government & Other||932,810||917,944|
|Supplies & Equipment||2,942,314||3,156,025|
|Maintenance & Utilities||2,855,728||2,916,236|
|Transfer to(from) Reserves||209,463||(26,820)|
|Cash & Investments||$3,093,158||$2,411,017|
|Capital Restricted Cash & A/R||10,436,533||10,574,495|
|Property & Equipment||14,301,161||15,127,136|
|Liabilities & Fund Balance||2018 (unaudited)||2017|
|Short Term Liabilities||$1,865,711||$4,008,857|
|Long Term Liabilities||2,190,283||-|
|Total Fund Balance||25,044,357||25,243,683|
|Total Liabilities & Fund Balance||$29,100,351||$29,252,540|
These individuals have been recognized by volunteers and staff for their outstanding commitment to the Y during 2018. 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.
James King has dedicated his life to serving youth, both professionally and as a volunteer. During college, James realized his passion and love for teaching and the resulting career is all driven by the desire to give youth a solid chance in life.
During his 35-year career, James has served as a teacher at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, assistant principal at J.W. Bishop Elementary and principal at E. Ray Elementary in Everman. Currently, James is Director of Truancy and Safety Compliance for Everman ISD.
While principal at E. Ray Elementary, James connected with the Ryan Family YMCA. Whether through afterschool programs, youth sports, summer camp, swimming or more, James appreciated and valued the impact the Y was making with families in his school. As a parent, he embraced the Y for his own family, but as a principal, responsible for the well-being of many youth, he "saw first-hand how the Y reached out to all people, regardless of race, creed, or financial need."
James joined the Board of Managers of the Ryan Family YMCA in 2004. During his 15-year commitment to the Y, James has been a leader in the annual campaign, raising much needed philanthropic support for low-income families. Additionally, he has served three, 2-year terms as Chair of the Board of Managers, leading through the merger of the Ryan Family and E.R. Van Zandt Southwest YMCA boards. His calming and steady nature, as well as his influence and leadership, have had a tremendous impact on numerous volunteers and Board members.
James lives the mission of the Y through volunteering at the branch as well as his service with other organizations. He is a current member and past president of the Everman Lions Club, is the Homeless Liaison for the ISD through Texas Homeless Education Office, serves on the ISD School Health Advisory Council, administrator for the Everman Food Pantry Express: Tarrant Area Food Bank for the district, and Region 11 past president of the Texas Elementary Principals Association.
James is a steadfast figure at the Ryan Family Y and his impact will be felt for years to come. Through these experiences and more, he exemplifies the dedication and commitment of a Chi Rho Award recipient. The YMCA is proud to recognize James and thanks him, and his family, for past and future support.