Learn more about these stellar volunteers on page five of our 2016 Annual Report or see below.
Max, a young boy who donated his piggy bank to the Annual Campaign because he wanted to help another child “be happy at the Y,” is the Boone Y’s unofficial morning ambassador; you’ll find him chatting it up with the active older adult crowd, helping fold towels and making other kids feel welcome in the Learn & Play Center.
Josh, a junior at Lincoln High School, is up for any job that supports his community members at the Y — whether it’s assisting with the food pantry, sprucing up the facility inside and out or helping set up the tree lot and spread Christmas cheer — all while still finding time for extracurricular activities like JROTC and National Honor Society.
Brian, currently a University of Iowa freshman, has brought his caring nature and contagious energy to the Waukee Y Learn & Play Center while also keeping busy by participating in National Honor Society, co-founding a mentorship program, interning, working, and volunteering through other community initiatives like Meals from the Heartland, Waukee Warrior Challenge, Reggie’s Sleepout and the School-to-Work program.
Joseph, an honor roll student who has clocked more than 550 hours of service in the Y Camp Teen Development program, has been a passionate VIP (Volunteer in Progress) and LA (Leader’s Assistant) for the past two years. A quiet, shy 9-year-old when he first came to camp, Joseph is now social and confident and hopes to become a Y Camp Leader one day and guide the next generation of campers and staff.
Craig, who has served as the Boone Y Board Chair for the past three years, sets goals and lifts others up to reach them — like establishing the popular pickleball program and raising money and spirits for the Annual Campaign. Known as a positive motivator, others see his passion and become inspired to serve their community as well.
The South Suburban Y Community Garden and Pergola have flourished thanks to the hard work of Joe, who built our pergola, planted trees, organized volunteers for the gardens, tilled the soil and maneuvered the water system — all with the fulfilled hope that the community would take over the project to grow their own produce and have a place to get together and build a stronger neighborhood.
Although her work is done outside the water, Celia has been a tremendous asset to the Waukee Y swim team, serving behind the scenes to manage administrative tasks like volunteer coordination, team communication and travel preparations. A Y member with her family since 2010, Celia also grew up participating in Muscatine YMCA programs.
Bill has worn many hats in the Y Camp community — from Camp Leader to board member and chair to dedicated volunteer and Family Camp participant (which he attended for the first time in 1941, later coming with his family in 1973 and thereafter with his wife Barb every year). Whether it’s mowing the grass, raising money for the Annual Campaign, or building railings and ball pits, Bill’s time and talents have had a profound impact on Y Camp.
Sam has been a tireless advocate for medical programming at the Y, helping to strengthen partnerships and sustain dialogue with important allies so we can deliver essential programs to our community. Sam, whose whole family has gotten involved with the Y, has also helped connect people to our cause through the Annual Campaign and as a board member and chair.
Resident volunteers Roy and Rick are always on the go — inside and outside, summer and winter — working to make sure Y-SHC truly feels like home. This building and grounds duo has kept up our community gardens, for example, helping to cultivate fresh veggies and flowers for all our residents to enjoy. Their combined 160+ volunteer hours are not only an immense help to our small staff team but also provide the residents with résumé-building skills and meaningful ways to spend their days.