By Roger Button, Chaplain, Clark County Family YMCA
We are nearing the end of another year. A year of “Loving our Neighbor” at the Clark County Family YMCA. Over the course of the year I often got the question, “What do you do as a chaplain in a YMCA?”
Here is a short list of things that Mission Advancement / Chaplaincy has done at the Clark County YMCA.
• We partnered with SHARE and over the summer, fed over 2000 kids at risk for hunger.
• We paid for swim lessons for 65 kids that came from severe need and or abuse.
• We provided a safe place for kids to come during the Halloween festivities. We had over 600 kids at our Harvest Party.
• We had over 200 kids come to our Breakfast with Santa event and fed them a good breakfast.
• We partnered with the Salvation Army and gave away over 250 Christmas presents.
• During the snow storm when school was closed we fed kids that would have been fed at school.
• We continue to feed kids during the Christmas break.
• I provided over 200 counseling sessions the past year.
These are just a few things that Chaplaincy/Mission Advancement has been up to this past year. Of course none of this would have happened if our staff and volunteers were not willing and able to help. We have often heard, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is true at our Y. We are a village. We treat everyone with Honesty and Respect. We do our best to model Responsibility and Service. And we do all of this while showing people that we Love them.
As we bring 2016 to a close and usher in 2017, take a moment and think what you can do during the next year that will positively impact an individual, a family, the community that you live in. And, know that you have a chaplain that will be here if you need a listening ear or someone to walk with you during a tough time.