CCCY President’s End of Year Message

Date: December 20, 2021

Dear Members of Our Y Family,

As we enter the Holiday Season, please accept my best wishes for your good health and many blessings in the new year. It appears that we have turned the corner on this terrible pandemic that has plagued us for the past 20 months. Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, donors, and staff who have worked so hard to protect yourselves, your families, and others around you.

As we began 2021, we looked back with great pride on how the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA responded to the immediate human needs facing our communities. Our work in providing food, shelter, clothing, blood, child care and educational support was miraculous, and our hero volunteers and staff made a measurable impact on those most in need. But something else happened – our Y changed. While we have continued our important work in the areas of youth development (character development, water safety, achievement gap) and healthy living (wellness, fitness, chronic disease prevention), our Y has fully embraced our social responsibility to the communities that we serve. Based on our work and achievements in 2020, the Y’s Board of Directors met on March 27th and adopted new (additional) goals as part of our Real-Time Strategic Plan. We have committed to:

  • Expanding our work with low-income youth.
  • Expanding our work in building Ys Without Walls in Hamden, North Haven, and the Valley communities.
  • Expanding our work in collecting and distributing food to the hungry and food insecure.
  • Welcoming our neighbors who want to serve their communities through our Togetherhood and Impact Membership programs.
  • Becoming a more environmentally-responsible organization.
  • Investing in our new Leadership Development Program for volunteers and staff.
  • Nurturing the culture of our Y as a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist organization by investing in our new Diversity, Inclusion, Global, and Equity Team (DIGET).
  • Improving our communication and offering of programs with our members, volunteers, donors, and staff through better use of technology.

I am very proud of our board and staff leaders who have challenged our Y to grow and serve in new ways. I invite you to join our cause and support the Y with a gift of your time and treasure.

To learn more about volunteering at the Y, click here.

To offer your financial support, we invite you Give a Year End gift, click here.

I wish you all the best as we move forward together as a Y family.

Once again, thank you for making our work possible.

With deepest appreciation,

David Stevenson, President & CEO, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA