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Every day, the Y gives our community the support it needs to learn, grow and thrive. From advocacy to food security, disease prevention to athletics, football to dance classes, everything we do helps strengthen our neighborhood and the people who live here.

But keeping the Blue Water Area great is a full-time job. Every day, our community faces new challenges that create a greater need for the work we do. And we need your help to do it. Your gift can help the Blue Water Area and everyone in it shine.

For a better you. For a better community. For a better country.

The Y.™ For a better us.


Being involved with the Y has had a direct impact on my family. I was divorced when Jason was 7 and Jesse was 3. A counselor suggested we join the Y for support as a family. We were able to do so through the Open Arms Financial Assistance Program.

In the summer of 1997, the boys and their dad were enjoing a beautiful day on the water. Jesse, in a life jacket, dropped a toy overboard and fell in trying to get it. Jason, no life jacket, jumped in to "save" his brother but the current quickly took him the other way. Their dad jumped in and, faced with the boys going in different directions, began to struggle. Jason managed to flip on his back, paddle backwards, put his father in a headlock and waited patiently for rescue.

When I told him how proud I was of him, he looked at me and said "Mommy, remember at water class they told us to turn over on our back and stay calm...think of something happy."

Jason received the "Life Saving Award,” but if it hadn't been for the financial assistance that allowed us to be part of the Y and the water safety programs, I might have missed every golden memory that parents can't wait to experience. In my book, the "Life Saving Award" goes to the Y.     

~ LeeAnn