Laurie Halter & Friends
When Caine Halter passed away a few years ago, he left a message for his friends, family, and neighbors: no matter where you come from and no matter what the need, every gift matters. This is Caine's Y. His hometown's camera. Their story of giving.
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Priscilla is one to get right to the point. If you want to do something better with your life and 'go for the gold', then you've got to work for it. Find out what Y program helped change her life. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families and communities forward. The Y responds to society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community-based solutions to help those in need to reach their full potential. We are also committed to inspiring a spirit of service by uniting individuals from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change. The Y.™ For a better us.™
To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We're here day-in and day-out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, employment, housing and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family and community has what they need to achieve their best.
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Global ServicesAt the Y, building a strong global community begins at home. Ys in the U.S. help young people develop cultural competencies to thrive in an increasingly globalized society, support newcomers’ integration into their new communities and vulnerable populations around the world to gain access to life-changing resources and support. As an interconnected network in 119 countries, the Y has the solutions to build bridges and make our changing communities stronger—both at home and abroad.
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Volunteerism & Giving
More than 170 years ago, the Y was founded by a group of volunteers who wanted to improve their communities. Today, Y volunteers and our supporters remain at the heart of our organization. It is only through the support of our hundreds of thousands of volunteers and public and private donors that we are able to serve more people and deliver on our cause to strengthen community.
Togetherhood® is the Y’s member-led volunteer service program. It gives Y members an opportunity to plan and lead service projects that address community need and make a direct impact locally. Together, we’re building a better us!
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We are a powerful ally and advocate for our communities. Our experience and strong relationships in 10,000 neighborhoods across the nation mean that we are able to organize grassroots efforts and influence public policy around a range of social issues including child welfare, education and public health.