You play a critical role in helping children, families, teens, seniors, and so many more discover their potential at the YMCA. Now more than ever, your Annual Campaign gift provides the resources needed to fulfill our promise to the cities of Gardena and Carson: To welcome all to our life-changing programs, regardless of age, income, or background. Thank you for your investment in our community and for joining us in making the world a better place.

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"Teacher Kim (YMCA staff member) is my favorite teacher. She helps me with my homework, and we play fun games too. I love the YMCA at my school, and my friends love it too. Sometimes when my mom comes to pick me up, I don’t want to go home because we’re having too much fun."

— Ana N., After-School Child Care participant, age 10

"I had no interest in politics before the Y and Youth & Government. It has empowered me as a leader, and now my main goal in life is to change the lives of others for the better. I would have never considered this a possibility if it wasn’t for the encouraging and inspiring atmosphere of my fellow delegates and advisors in Y&G."

— Tatevik N., Youth & Government Program participant, age 17

"Last year while in my Water Fitness class, I saw cars lined up in the driveway alongside the pool. I was told that the lineup was for the food pantry distribution. I later asked if I could help and was told YES. I have been helping ever since! I find volunteering for the food giveaway is very, very rewarding. I enjoy greeting and serving the participants. And conversing with the other volunteers, forming new friendships.”

— Shari H., FEEDLA Program participant