Message from CEO Lynn Lomax: Giving Thanks

Dear YMCA of High Point Family,

On behalf of the YMCA of High Point, I want to express my sincerest gratitude for your support of and dedication to our YMCA over the course of this year. Like many other organizations, we began 2020 excited by the prospect of the year ahead. Our membership base was reaching new heights, we were progressing through a Comprehensive Campaign aiming to accomplish key strategic capital goals, and our programs were increasing in size and quality. But, like so many other businesses and organizations around the world, those visions were soon cut short by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 17, our YMCA facilities closed. Friends of the YMCA know that so much of our work revolves around the connections we build with folks who use our facilities. The human element of our work is what allows us to achieve our mission. When we announced our facility closures, our YMCA team was devastated. Just when things seemed to be going so well, that progress was cruelly wrested from us.

In the face of such overwhelming adversity, however, our dedication to our mission to put Christian principles into practice never faltered. All three of our branch locations offered Child Care services for essential workers. The Chavis branch implemented a backpack food program to provide meals for children and families in need within our community. The Hartley YMCA hosted blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross. The Grubb branch partnered with the Randolph County Health Department to host drive-through COVID testing. Our Association developed a weekly virtual devotion series to help our YMCA come together in faith, while being apart. Camp Cheerio received an outpouring of support from staff alumni, as well as parents of campers who were scheduled to attend camp in 2020. Hundreds of our branch members elected to continue their membership drafts, with some of these folks converting their membership dues into an unrestricted donation to the YMCA of High Point. Now, with our facilities open under current safety guidelines provided by the state of North Carolina, we are more excited than ever before to continue making a difference in lives all around the High Point community!

As 2020 nears its end, I now reflect on the incredible YMCA family that we have here in High Point. November is a month where we make note of the things we are grateful for, and to say that I am grateful for this YMCA, and all the folks who help support it, would be a vast understatement. 2020 has been one of, if not the most difficult years for me as a YMCA professional, but the outpouring of compassion, generosity, and love that we have received from our members, program participants, volunteers, board members, staff, and other community members has been nothing short of remarkable. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support of the YMCA, and for your belief in our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. I am grateful and blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Blessings,

Lynn Lomax

President/CEO, YMCA of High Point

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