Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

Hello all, 

Welcome to 2022! I hope you had a safe and happy holiday season and that you were able to take time to connect with your loved ones. Here’s to a healthy year ahead for our Tampa Bay community. 

As we transition into the New Year, I’m excited to share with you our 2021 Annual Report. Last year was a great rebound for us as our friends and neighbors began to return to the Y with a renewed focus on their health and well-being. And although the pandemic still had a significant effect on our community in 2021, our tremendous impact again validated the capacity that our YMCA has to enhance the lives of kids, families and seniors throughout Tampa Bay.

This is our 10th year publishing a digital annual report, and by doing so, it has allowed us to deliver information to our donors, members and friends in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. I want to call special attention to our center Volunteers of the Year on page 10 of the Annual Report. Their commitment and dedication to supporting the mission of the YMCA is incredible, and I truly value their efforts as well as the efforts of everyone who supported the YMCA in 2021. This Annual Report is dedicated to you … one of our thousands of generous donors, volunteers, community partners and/or staff. Our incredible life-changing work would not be possible without you.

Every start to the New Year, we are presented with an opportunity to connect with our local community in new and meaningful ways. Giving back to the community – whether it is through time, talent or treasure – benefits those who need it most, including underserved children, families and adults. As you consider ways to make an impact this year, I encourage you to think about new opportunities to give back. It may start with fulfilling a New Year’s resolution and lead to something more.  

Employees with the Tampa YMCA had the chance to put this into action by giving back to the community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day of service, which is featured in this month’s newsletter, was an opportunity for Y staff to step outside of their day-to-day responsibilities and support meaningful change in the community – from cleaning up neighborhoods to painting, to sorting food at food banks – our team rolled up their sleeves and spent time working together to enthusiastically participate in the MLK Day of Service in the Tampa area. 

I encourage you to find a program or organization that is meaningful to you and check out how you can help. We’re grateful for every one of our Y donors and volunteers and we hope you’ll join the ranks! 

If you would like to contribute to the Y, donate online or email Scott Barnhard. For more about volunteer opportunities, please email Lauren Reyes.

Sincerely,

Matt Mitchell
President & CEO