Y? Because We Like You

February 21, 2011 at 2:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I want to call out YMCA of Lincoln for being awesome. I could list a hundred anecdotes that prove the local Y’s awesomeness, but I don’t have the time and you probably don’t have the patience. Instead I’ll focus on three bits of nifty that have made us really appreciate the Y.

The first is the Y’s child watch. Robbie has been a regular at the Cooper branch child watch since he was an infant. He has always been well cared for and he has met countless friends of all ages. Now that we are foster parents, our foster kids are welcomed as well. The boys love it.

Next up are the Y’s “fun days”. Available on weekdays when LPS is not in session, fun days have been a real lifesaver for us. They play, do crafts, go on field trips, swim, and do all kinds of fun activities. Our oldest foster child has a blast. He is there right now, in fact. No doubt he will return home and tell me all kinds of stories that make me wish I were 8 again.

Last but not least are the people. I know every organization has its share of great people, but the Y is particularly blessed. I have two examples. The Y is offering various summer programs. We wanted to get our oldest into some of the programs, but we needed to figure out some funding questions first. By the time we did that there were only slots available in a couple weeks during the summer. Drat! No worries, though. A wonderfully helpful lady—I’m sorry I don’t know her name!—called around to other summer programs in town on our behalf, reserved a spot for our foster son, and began the process of transferring funds to the other program. How’s that for customer service? And then there is Howard. Howard is a custodian at the Cooper branch. Robbie loves Howard and Howard loves Robbie. They look forward to seeing each other every morning. They exchange gifts, tell tales, and just have a wonderful relationship. I have never met Howard, but via Robbie I know all about him. Robbie’s relationship with Howard is a wonderful example of the power of intergenerational friendships.

I could go on, of course, but I promised to be brief. We as a family have come to appreciate the Lincoln Y for all kinds of reasons. How has the Y affected you and/or your family?

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Nikkidemas February 21, 2011 at 3:35pm

I’ve had a similar experience at Madonna ProActive.  I feel like I have a bunch of friends on the staff who are bending over backwards for me. Plus, once while waiting for a tow in the parking lot at night, the custodian came out in the cold to make sure I was ok. 

I think it’s all those endorphins at our gyms.  Nice folks!

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