Three Guesses Why This Family Joined The Y

31 December 2014

Visit the Taylor Bend Family YMCA on any given day and you will likely see the Arrington family. They enter the building as a family, but once they walk through the Y’s doors, everyone goes their own way.

Gloria, the youngest of the Arrington children, attends HYPE – Homeschool YMCA Physical Education – twice a week, and participates on the swim team as well. The teenage boys, Charles and David Jr., take swim lessons and are a part of the Teen Leaders Club where they put their leadership skills and volunteering to good use within the community.

While the children are busy in their programs and activities, Mom and Dad take advantage of the cardio and strength equipment, as well as the indoor track. It’s quality time they spend together as a couple while their children are active and engaged while at the Y.

David and Maria first joined the Y two years ago so that their children could enjoy swim lessons, sports, leadership activities and more. The kids discovered friendships and positive role models at the Y. In fact, the entire family did. Just weeks after joining, the Arringtons lost everything in a devastating house fire. As their fellow Y members learned of their tragedy, they quickly stepped in to help the grateful new members with clothing, furniture and financial support.

The Arringtons now give back by volunteering their time during the YMCA’s annual giving campaign. Maria and David enjoy meeting and greeting members as they come to the Y and sharing with them how no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. They speak with members who are both on the giving and receiving ends of the Y’s financial scholarships.