Y Heroes: Kesha McDuffie, Effingham Street Family YMCA

3 April 2017

"The Y is a safe place where I know my daughter is well cared for while I’m at work during the Before- and After-School Care program. The hours work perfectly for my schedule, and I know her homework is completed and a snack is provided, which helps me during our evening wind-down time. I even look forward to when I get those few hours to myself while she is having a blast at Parents Night Out and the moments we share together during Family Night where we are either watching a movie, playing a game or just being creative.

The Y also has so much to offer to keep us healthy and fit. They offer a variety of group exercise classes, swimming lessons (where my daughter learned to swim like a fish) and strength training equipment.

I can truly say the Y is a special place for the both of us where the friendly staff and members make it a place where we feel like family. The Y is our home away from home."

As a part of our 2017 Annual Giving Campaign, we are showcasing a different person (or family) at each of our family centers. We are calling this our Y Heroes project. This video platform is a way for us to highlight people and/or program areas that have been positively impacted by the dollars we raise as a non-profit organization and relate back to each community our Association serves.

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