At the Y, we make a difference by focusing on three key areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We work to strengthen our communities by investing in our kids, our health and our neighbors. In 2018, through Annual Giving Campaign support and grants, our Y provided $4.7M in charitable assistance, scholarships, subsidized and free programs to members and program participants.
During 2018, 2,878 volunteers provided 20,932 hours of service throughout our Association as board members, storytellers, coaches and program volunteers.
This was a year of significant transition for our Association. We welcomed a new leader, President and Chief Executive Officer Stan Law. The transition has provided an opportunity to expand on an excellent foundation with renewed energy and perspectives.
We focused this year on evaluating our YMCA with fresh eyes in order to ensure that the work we do is meeting the needs of the communities we serve. Through meetings with community leaders, our new leadership was able to begin building relationships that will lead to future opportunities to serve in new and different ways. In particular, we began an assessment of how well the Y is serving East Winston. While the Winston Lake Family YMCA has faced challenges, the question is not how to fix it, but rather how do we best serve the East Winston community for years to come.
The commitment to serve diverse communities is central to the work of the Y. Our Association received a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to fund a new Y program called Unidos. Named for the Spanish word for United, Unidos will address three issues: the achievement gap, social and emotional learning, and family engagement in education and will target Hispanic students at Title 1 middle schools in the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County School System.
2017 also had challenges outside of our control, which brought unexpected opportunities. The tornado that hit YMCA Camp Hanes just a few short weeks before summer camp was scheduled to begin caused significant damage. But the community response was overwhelming – from volunteers cleaning up camp to generous capital donations to help rebuild – Camp will be even more beautiful and serve even more children than ever before.
We also continue to invest in our facilities. The Statesville Family YMCA completed the newly-renovated Youth Development wing of the building. Many YMCAs received new state-of-the-art exercise equipment. We launched new chronic disease prevention programs to continue our work of helping people address health and wellness challenges. Y membership is now nationwide, so members can visit any participating YMCA across the country.
And finally, we developed an implementation plan for the Strategic Plan, “Moving Our Mission Forward.” The goal of the plan is to enhance our impact on those we serve through intentionality in programming, brand positioning, and advocacy efforts so that the Y is better understood as a vital community resource when it comes to addressing issues.
The issues facing our communities are complex. It will require partnerships, collaboration, and additional resources to ensure that we have the greatest impact in strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
We are grateful for the support of our donors, volunteers, members, and staff who make the work of the Y possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
In Spirit, Mind, and Body,
On May 24, 2017, YMCA Camp Hanes Executive Director Val Elliott found himself huddled with his staff in a downstairs camp bathroom with several layers of concrete between them and the outside. Of course, now a well-known story, an EF-2 tornado ripped through camp leaving unimaginable damage in its path. All told, more than $1.5 million in damage was done to the property, which opened in 1927. But, nearly two years later, YMCA Camp Hanes has risen from the ashes, to put it lightly.
“The first 36 to 48 hours were pure emotion,” says Val. “Camp had been decimated, and we had no idea what to do next.” But before he knew it, disaster professionals, camp staff, the greater YMCA family, local community, former campers, friends of Camp Hanes and more came together and got to work. “Our motto became ‘Camp Hanes Even Better.’ ”
Today, the property is a beautiful, rebuilt site. “Camp may look different, but the culture is the same. That hasn’t changed,” says Jen de Ridder, Senior Program Director at YMCA Camp Hanes. “The opportunities that the tornado provided us have allowed us to add new programs, new accommodations and more for all of those who come to camp.”
Following the work done to rebuild post-tornado, YMCA Camp Hanes boasts several new features that would have never been possible without the work and support since that fateful day in May two years ago. Particularly of note is the $1 Million gift given by ardent YMCA Camp Hanes supporters Bud and Suzanne Baker, used to spearhead the massive work that went into restoring the property. Central to camp are new flag poles displaying the American flag, State flag and Christian flag. During the summers, a flag-raising ceremony is held at this location each day. A new, one-of-a-kind climbing tower now sits in an ideal spot on the property instead of in the somewhat distant location where the old tower was located. This new feature allows for 30 kids to climb at a time; the old tower was only equipped to handle just two.
A rebuild of the Canteen area (a favorite of camp alumni) and the Wood Pavilion took place. The new 5700-square-foot Reynolds Center, situated to show off the best views of camp, houses both office space and an impressive new conference room. Both the dining hall and gym floors suffered extensive damage and now have been replaced, with a wood floor going back in the dining hall to keep the warm, inviting feeling that it has always had. And a new athletic field now allows for lacrosse, football and soccer for campers and guests who visit. All 28 buildings at camp have new roofs.
An area that was cleared by the storm is now earmarked for a new 2 cabin duplex that will house more 30 additional campers. Camp staff also has aspirations to add a boardwalk around the property’s lake as well as many more miles of hiking trails. The need for support continues at YMCA Camp Hanes to ensure that accommodations and programming can continue for another 92 years and beyond of serving campers and other visitors.
“It was a disastrous event, but there is opportunity in crisis,” says Val. “We are back. We are better. Youth Development is too important a job to let a tornado get in the way of what we do.”
Camp Hanes Even Better, indeed.
A little more than five years ago, David Hinton was given a crystal ball of sorts at his annual physical exam with his primary care physician. He was able to see into the future path he was on regarding his health, and he didn’t like what he saw. “I found out that I was pre-diabetic,” David says. “Having lost both of my parents, both of whom were diabetic, within a period of six months not long before then, this news really hit home. I had seen – very personally – the effects of diabetes, hypertension and renal failure.”
At that time, David weighed in at 238 pounds and had an A1C of 6.4. A1C is a level in a person’s blood that measures their glucose level, and David’s was at the highest point it could be before it indicated that he was, in fact, diabetic.
David took action. He knew he had to right the ship. He kicked up his exercise habits, realizing that he needed to lose weight to get back into a comfortable range – both on the scale and also in regards to his A1C. But after 3 months, David found that, despite his efforts, he was only down to 234 pounds. He was frustrated.
Enter the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program – a year-long endeavor with the end goal of bringing its participants back into a healthy way of living and a more regulated weight and blood glucose level. David began the class in May of that year, and after 6 months of weekly classes followed by another 6 months of monthly classes, David reached a weight of 210 pounds and a lower A1C of 6.1.
“The goal of the class was to lose seven percent of my body weight,” he says. “I needed to exercise more, yes, but my eating habits also needed to change as well.” David had snacking habits of things like Ritz crackers (a whole sleeve of them) and whole milk. These choices were doing nothing more than piling an overload of fat grams into his diet that were causing more damage than they were ever worth. Being aware of the diet choices he was making made a huge impact on his overall health and continues to do so today.
He added hot yoga to his exercise repertoire that already consisted of spending time on the elliptical machine and in the weight room. At last check, just this past November, David’s weight has stayed steady, and his A1C is the best it has ever been at 5.5.
“It was about making a lifestyle change,” David says. A lifestyle change that, thanks to the Y, David was able to make and has been able to successfully maintain.
|PUBLIC SUPPORT & REVENUE||2018 (unaudited, 000's)||2017 (000's)|
|Contributions and Grants||$3,923||$3,832|
|Program Fees **||7,829||7,837|
* Net of direct Financial Assistance of $1.2M for both years
**Net of direct Financial Assistance of $1M for both years
|OPERATING EXPENSES||2018 (unaudited, 000's)||2017 (000's)|
|Supplies & Equipment||3,319||3,280|
|Vehicles & Transportation||357||311|
|National/World Service Support||500||501|
|Capital Debt Retirement||1,336||1,336|
|Capital, Maintenance, & Operating Reserves||1,559||1,209|
Randy Welfare is a lifelong Camp Hanes guy. His father was a camper there. He grew up as a camper at Camp Hanes along with his 5 brothers. His kids have been involved there, and now his grandkids are as well. A mortgage banker by career, now retired, he has cycled on and off the Board of Directors at camp since sometime in the early 80s. Somewhere around the mid-1980s, Randy met Tim Gupton, a now-retired vice president with Carswell Distributing, when he and his family moved to town. They met in church, and soon thereafter Randy introduced Tim to Camp Hanes and, subsequently, to the board. Tim’s son spent time at as a Camp Hanes camper growing up. Now, too, his grandkids carry on the tradition by working their summers on the property.
They have both given decades of their lives to the YMCA through their persistent dedication to the board at Camp Hanes. “This just stuck, I didn’t want to leave,” says Tim. “How can you not want to be involved in the work being done here?”
As for Randy, the time and energy that he has gifted to Camp Hanes has been “one of the joys of my life,” he says.
One of their largest contributions and legacies has been their work on the Christian Emphasis Committee through the board at camp. “It is important – so important – to make sure that the ‘C’ in YMCA is and will always be a capital C. That things always stay Christ-centered,” says Tim.
In addition to their routine board duties, both men have been active participants in the rebuild of Camp Hanes since the property was devastated by an EF-2 tornado in 2017. “The devastation was unimaginable,” says Randy. “Honestly, I was left with no hope for the survival of the camp. But the gift of recovery has been huge. It’s better than ever, so open and beautiful.”
This year, Randy and Tim are jointly the Red Triangle Award Winners for the area. It is the first time that anyone can remember that the award hasn’t gone to a single person but has instead been co-awarded.
Like any good, honest, hard-working volunteer award winners, each man promises that he isn’t deserving of the honor, but each is still greatly humbled by it. And there is no doubt that Camp Hanes is a better, stronger place thanks to the service of these two great men.