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Annual Giving Campaign

Annual Giving Campaign

When you make a donation to the YMCA of Greater Tulsa's annual giving campaign, the For a Better Us™ Campaign, you give more than money. You give opportunity to children and families that they cannot provide for themselves—opportunity to strengthen spirit, mind, and body in a community-centered, faith-based environment that is unique to the YMCA. 

Every donation touches a single life, creating a positive future for the children and families of our community. Here are just a few lives that have been changed by the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. For a better You. For a better Community. For a better us.

The YMCA of Greater Tulsa's federal tax ID number is 73-0579269.

 
Swim Lessons Provide Life Lessons

Scott has a standing date with Meg every Monday at noon. Scott, a young adult living with Down syndrome, has been a Y member for more than 12 years. Meg calls their private swim lesson every Monday “the best way” to start her week; while they’re in the water, they talk about everything under the sun. Each Monday, Scott gives Meg two temporary tattoos to wear to complement her permanent ones. They work together to improve Scott’s swimming skills, targeting his weekly workouts toward overcoming the possible effects of the congenital heart defect doctors diagnosed at birth. Meg works with Scott to extend his life expectancy through regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping strong. Meg calls Scott genuine, hopeful, and determined to do his best every day. Scott has shown Meg the very best way to truly live the Y’s cause.

Your support helps people like Scott and Meg change each other’s lives. Thank you!

 

Finding a Family at the Y

Jack and his mom Stephany are a powerful pair. Stephany and Jack discovered the Daily Family YMCA’s Child Development Center when Jack was four and needed daycare while Stephany worked to support their little family. Through the YMCA’s Membership for All program, Jack has grown up under the watchful and loving eyes of his mom—and Y staff—through the CDC, GO Club and Youth Sports. Stephany directly attributes Jack's emotional maturity to his relationships with Y staff; Jack performs at a high level in school, which Stephany credits to the mentoring, guidance and assistance he receives at the Y. Stephany calls the Y her “co-parent” in raising Jack to be a confident, caring young man. We call that a huge compliment.

Your support helps people like Stephany and Jack live better lives. Thank you!

Best Summer Ever at Camp TAK

Dylan’s relationship with the Y began the summer of 2015—he spent every week of the summer at Owasso’s day camp, and a week at the Y’s summer resident camp, Camp Takatoka. As with many of our TAK campers, Dylan came back forever changed—a stronger kid, a developing leader. At the end of the summer, much to everyone’s surprise, Dylan contracted viral meningitis, which attacked his brain and spinal cord, and took him in and out of hospitals over the next several weeks. Dylan’s relationship with the Y blossomed during this difficult time. The following summer, Dylan’s mom was laid off from her job, and his dad had his hours cut. This meant they could no longer afford to send Dylan to TAK. At this time, Dylan received a wonderful gift—TWO weeks at Camp Takatoka! Dylan not only grew physically, in strength and in spirit during those two weeks, he was also able to grow as a leader, thanks to our amazing Camp staff.

Dylan and his family have been such a blessing to the Owasso Family YMCA. Thank you for allowing us to help them in their time of need.

New Beginning for Lasahra
Lasahra has always wanted to play basketball, but her lack of a stable home situation made it difficult to play on a school team. Lasahra’s frustration led her to act out in school and underachieve academically—not applying herself, comparing her life to her friends’ and other families who seemed so much more stable and happy.
 
Last summer, Lasahra became part of the YMCA summer program and had a wonderful experience. Her mom died unexpectedly the day after Thanksgiving, and thankfully, her YMCA team has been there for her in a time of distress and grief. Lasahra has met several new friends in the last few months, has brought her grades from Ds and Fs to As, Bs and Cs, and has changed her attitude and behavior. Even better, she’s in a stable home with two parents and is thriving.
 
We’re so grateful we can be here for Lasahra—thank you for making it possible!