Something For Everyone!

Welcome to the YWCA!  With more than 3,500 members representing all populations of Adams County,  we truly offer “Something For Everyone!”

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Spring 2018 Member Spotlight: Natalie Raymond

I am a thousand things in one: a professional musician, a journalist, an immigrant, a cancer survivor, a traveler, a gymnastics mom. When people say to me, “Sit down,” I answer, “I am not a sitter. I am a dancer.” I dance between the refrigerator and the stove, homework and cooking, biking and chorus practice, the garden and the grocery store. I never stop moving, exploring, learning and loving life.

The YWCA is also a thousand things in one. To me, it’s a wonderland where you are encouraged by people of all ages and abilities to be healthy and happy. It’s a unique place where you meetup with family, friends, neighbors, teachers, doctors, lawyers and colleagues. You can learn a lot of great information, attend community events and be social. This place has become my second home, and oftentimes I have found myself spending more time here than at home.

Sometimes I feel like a bird flying to the YWCA to clean my feathers and shake my wings. Being here fixes my mood, restores balance and recharges my batteries. For instance, taking a Zumba class provides the atmosphere of being in the Bahamas and costs a lot less! The classes are uplifting and I can’t imagine my life without movement.

The Y truly connects people; it is a melting pot of different cultures, generations and interests. This place has great resources for everyone in the community – from sports and health, to learning opportunities and entertainment, to child care and the free library.  When leaving the YWCA, I feel Y – young, W – welcomed, C – cared for, and A – awesome!

The staff here are friendly and helpful, and I always feel welcome, safe and comfortable. I would like to thank everyone who operates this facility from 4:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.! You being present makes our lives so colorful. I truly love the YW’s philosophy of having an open mind and open space for the community. This is the best place to merge into the Adams County community if you are new to town. I was so blessed to have found everything I was looking for and I will always need the YWCA in my life.

So when people say to me, “Natalie, you look good today,” I respond, “I just don’t have time to get older!” The YWCA helps me stay young.