The definition of community, according to Google, says: "A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals."
This is exactly what the Red Wing YMCA represents to me.
My son and I moved to Red Wing in the fall of 2017. As a mother, raising a child on her own, I yearned for a support system, a sense of community, a place that could be considered our "home away from home" and that is how we ended up at the YMCA. I wanted to be a part of a community so our transition from the hectic city life in Minneapolis to our new peaceful way of life here in Red Wing, would merge with ease.
I recall walking in and being embraced by happiness and smiling people! The people at the front desk pointed me in the right direction and off I went to meet Steve!
Steve walked me through every detail of what the YMCA had to offer and even included my son on our amazing conversation. I signed my son up for swimming and gymnastics right away and we have been a part of this amazing community ever since.
Three years later, my son has participated in swim lessons, gymnastics, baseball, basketball, and has gone to Camp Pepin three times-twice this year in fact! He participates in before and after school programs as well as the summer day camp program. So when I call the YMCA our home away from home, now you can see it truly is.
So, if you are new and or a 20 year supporter of the YMCA,
Thank you for putting you faith and trust into a community that started so long ago on core principals that just wanted everyone to feel safe, good and healthy. We might just be a group of average Joe's but I wouldn't trade that for the world, because in the end we have found a second family and it all began by taking a leap of faith and walking through those doors.
When we started here I was down to pennies-I wasn't judged or turned away. I was awarded scholarships to help.
Without the donations of so many amazing men, women and organizations from around the area, my son wouldn't be where he is today, so I want to thank you
for being apart of that.
If you are thinking about donating, please know you will be making a difference and one that's life long. If you are looking for that sense of community but need help, don't let that stop you. Come on in and let's talk!
-Shannon, Andrue and Roman Landmark