Resolve to Help Yourself and Your Neighbors


Asheville, N.C., Dec. 27, 2019 - It’s always exciting to change the calendar from December to January. A new year is filled with potential and the chance to start fresh. And after the busy holidays filled with celebrations and tables of delicious treats, it’s not surprising that, according to a 2019 survey, 65 percent of people resolved to exercise more with the New Year.

But what if your New Year’s resolution could benefit more than just yourself? When you join community-based organizations like the Y, you’re committing to more than simply becoming healthier. You’re supporting the values and programs that strengthen the communities where you live.

“Community-based organizations like the Y provide the resources and opportunities that people need to reach their full potential, and supporting those organizations through membership and philanthropy helps ensure they can continue to help build the communities we all want to live in,” said Paul Vest, President and CEO of the YMCA of Western North Carolina.

Donations to the Y support programs that address food insecurity, water safety, child care, teen leadership, and so much more. From athletics to academic achievement, swim lessons to social responsibility, and volleyball to volunteerism, the Y doesn’t just strengthen bodies—it strengthens people, families, and communities.

“As our friends and neighbors look to make themselves healthier in the New Year, we want them to remember that when they join the Y, they’re not simply joining a gym—they’re joining a community,” Vest said. “The Y brings together people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and generations and ensures that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships, and resources necessary to learn, grow, and thrive.”

To help you get a head start on these benefits, the Y has a special membership offer for January. Join Dec. 28-Jan. 10 and pay only $4 for the month with no joining fee. Financial assistance is available.