Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (February 15, 2021) – The Door County YMCA hosted their Community Breakfast in a virtual-only format on Thursday, February 11 at 9:00 am. The annual Community Breakfast is a celebration and look back at the impact that the YMCA has made over the past year along with a look forward to our vision towards future needs. The event helps to raise public awareness for the Annual Campaign, a yearly funding effort to help provide membership and program assistance to those who, for whatever reason or circumstance, would not otherwise afford to and to help support mission-driven programs it operates to help strengthen the community.
Heidi Erickson, Door County YMCA CEO, stated, “We have so much to be proud of as we celebrate our 35th birthday this coming August. We are fortunate to have had leaders in this community with the vision to imagine and bring to reality the Door County YMCA. They had the foresight to understand there would be a need for not just one but two branches, so we could best serve our community. Our Sturgeon Bay and Northern Door branches are more than gym-and-swim locations. They are a gathering place – a community center if you will – that welcomes everyone who walks through our doors. We serve all; it is the core of our work. Our three areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility are what guides our work. We focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across our community.”
Annual Campaign Director Alyssa Dantoin spoke with YMCA Member Steve Graf and the YMCA’s impact on his life this past year and how he is helping others in our community by giving back his time and energy through the YMCA Share our Strengths meals program. The program, started in spring of 2020 during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, is a collaborative community effort that supports individuals and families by providing meals to those in need and/or may be at-risk.
Though 2020 will be remembered as a trying time for Door County and the world at large, the resilience and adaptability of not just the Door County YMCA – but also its members, volunteers, staff and board – to meet the varied and changing needs of the Door County community will allow the organization to look towards the future and continuing to meet the community’s needs.
If you would like more information about the Door County YMCA or want to learn more about the 2021 Community Breakfast, visit their website at doorcountyymca.org.
The Door County YMCA: For Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Driven by its founding mission, the Door County YMCA has 150 full and part-time staff serving over 7,000 members in Door County from facilities in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay in a broad range of programming for all ages. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide.