BENEFITING: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
ORGANIZER: THELMA LOVETTE YMCA
Hello family & friends!
This year I'm trying something I've never done before...I'm running a half marathon! Specifically, the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on Sunday, May 3rd.
If you knew me as a child at all you will know that I was not at all athletic, and despised running most of all. How times change! Last year I had the pleasure of completing the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay with my Mom, Brother, Aunt, & Uncle raising money for a cause near and dear to my heart, Leukemia research. The experience was so fantastic I decided to double my running goal and do the Half this year.
Since this time last year, I've had the pleasure of becoming a part of a new family: the Thelma Lovette YMCA. I joined the gym on the recommendation of my Aunt & Uncle, because I needed a good pool to train in for my first sprint triathlon. I very quickly fell in love with the members and staff of the Y, who welcomed me with open arms into my new home away from home. I have since joined the staff of the Y, and am therefore lurking around nearly every day of the week.
The Y is named for an incredible Civil Rights leader, social worker, community organizer, and social activist who was born and raised in the Hill District, the neighborhood in which the Y resides. Her lifelong passion for giving back to the community has inspired generations of Hill residents to follow in her path, and her legacy inspires each of us at the Y every day.
The Hill (as we call it in the 'Burgh) is the historic and cultural center of African American life in Pittsburgh. Over the years the Hill has been the epicenter for Civil Rights organization, jazz music, and boxing in the city. However, the past several decades have not been kind to the neighborhood, and the poverty rate is now about 40%. Several initiatives to celebrate the history and improve the quality of life in the Hill have included the construction of our YMCA (circa 2012), a memorial at Freedom Corner commemorating Civil Rights in the Hill (circa 2001), a new grocery store, and a new planned housing development at the site of the old Civic Arena.
Our mission at the Y is to sign every interested person up for membership, regardless of their financial status. Our membership rates run on a sliding scale, with the difference made up by scholarship funds that are fed by every Y in the greater Pittsburgh region. We run on a deficit, and are therefore always trying to fundraise to become more financially independent. This is where you come in!
Your donation to my Crowdrise page will go directly into improving the experience at the Thelma Lovette YMCA. Whether it's hiring new staff, purchasing new equipment for the Wellness Center, or funding scholarships, not a dollar will be wasted.
Anybody who spends any amount of time at our YMCA knows that we offer something more than a gym. I have no problem whatsoever saying that we have the most fantastic membership anywhere in the assocation! The sense of family here is tangible and unique, and is what made me fall in love with the community of the Y. Our members and staff are constantly inspiring, helping, and congratulating one another in reaching goals many of us thought we could never meet. It's infectious!
So here's my final plea. As someone who has personally experienced the Thelma Lovette Y's ability to help people reach and surpass their goals, I ask you to donate to this community. Any amount of money is so thoroughly appreciated.
On my end, I promise to run my very hardest on May 3rd, knowing I never could've done it without joining the Y.
Thanks so much, and all my love!