HCCF serves ‘one person at a time’
The Harrison County Community Foundation is celebrating its 10th year of serving and giving in Harrison County, so many of its fund-holders and grant recipients are telling their story. These articles explain how the Foundation’s funding impacts many lives in Harrison County.
Harrison County Community Foundation ‘ providing hope, opportunity and dreams fulfilled ‘ one person at a time:
The YMCA of Harrison County has received a tremendous amount of money and support from the Harrison County Community Foundation. In fact, if it weren’t for the generosity and leadership of the Foundation, there might not be a YMCA.
When I try to imagine Harrison County without a YMCA, these are some of the faces that I see:
Bobby, from Palmyra, who has Alzheimer’s, brought on in his 50s as a result of post-traumatic stress. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, and is proud to be a U.S. Marine. Bobby rides the Blue River Services bus to the YMCA five days a week. He swims, works out in the fitness center, sees friends and defies his illness.
Pam, from Central, who came to the YMCA because her doctor told her she needed to lose some weight. Perhaps her doctor also knew that she was afraid to leave her home. She came reluctantly, but regularly. Eventually she grew confident enough to make new friends at the YMCA, and to successfully interview for a job that she had wanted for a long time.
Joe, from New Amsterdam, couldn’t climb the stairs when he joined the YMCA. He took the warm-water arthritis aerobics class and gradually grew strong enough to increase his workout to include the equipment in the fitness center. Earlier this year, he won a silver medal in cycling at the Senior Olympics in Kentucky.
Dana, from Milltown, lost more than 140 pounds at the YMCA, and found freedom with her improved health. She no longer needs a wheelchair, portable oxygen and half of the prescription medicines she had taken before beginning to exercise.
Amanda, who graduated from Corydon Central this year and left for college, said working at the YMCA set the standard for her. She now has an ideal to live up to as an employee and eventually as an employer.
Lisa, from Corydon, is pursuing a college degree at 48 years old, because the YMCA encouraged her to achieve her full potential as a staff member.
Nicholas, from Elizabeth, who said his best accomplishment in third grade was learning how to tread water. This is one of the survival skills the YMCA teaches during the free third grade swim lesson program.
What if we didn’t have a YMCA?
Bobby wouldn’t have a place to defy his illness. Pam may still be homebound. Joe wouldn’t have won a medal in the Senior Olympics. Dana would still be bound by life in a wheelchair with portable oxygen. Amanda would not have had an excellent first job experience that will influence her work life. Lisa would not be pursuing her college degree, and Nicholas would not know how to tread water.
Thank you, Harrison County Community Foundation, for helping each of these people to find fulfillment, strength, healing and hope at the YMCA.