The Tampa Y is going green! For the second year in a row, we are releasing our 2013 Annual Report in digital format. Publishing this document online not only helps the environment by saving paper, it also allows us to deliver information to our donors, members and friends in the most affordable manner. I invite you to click through the pages to find out how we’re strengthening the foundations of the community across Hillsborough and East Pasco counties. In the report, we also pay tribute to the thousands of generous donors, volunteers, staff and community partners who are behind our life-changing work. Together, we are meeting Tampa Bay's most critical needs.
As part of our commitment to social responsibility, we also have exciting changes happening at all of our branches. This summer, we’re installing new recycling bins at all of our branches to ensure we’re doing our part to help conserve resources and energy. At the Central City and New Tampa Ys, crews are also installing more energy-efficient fluorescent lighting, which is brighter and lasts longer. We’re very excited about both projects and can’t wait to tell you more about it in the months to come.
Switching gears, thanks to all of you who attended last month's Healthy Kids Day® at Curtis Hixon Park. You were one of thousands and we appreciate your support of the Y's mission to fight childhood obesity and prevent summer learning loss. Our dedicated staff and volunteers spent much of their weekend touching more lives and I send them my gratitude.
Healthy Kids Day also officially kicks off the Y's summer camp season, which is one of my favorite programs. This year, we’re piloting a “Go for Green” program as part of our Vision 2020 focus on drowning prevention. The Monday of each camp week, campers at six of our branches will be swim tested. Those who cannot pass the swim test get a red band. All red band swimmers will receive swim lessons throughout their camp swim time that week - at no extra charge. This is being made possible through the generous support of the Tampa Bay Rays, United Way Suncoast, and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. The goal is to teach them the skills required to pass the swim test and get a green band. I’m looking forward to seeing all the extra green bands this summer!
See you at the Y!
CEO & President