Image of Georgia Swimming in a pool assisted.

Georgia is why

Georgia and her family's lives are profoundly impacted by her disability: autism and an intellectual impairment. But for five years they have been able to rely upon the 'half hour of happiness' provided by her one-on-one swimming lessons with YMCA. "I just have to say 'we're going swimming' and she's happy," says dad, Brian.

"The staff here are wonderful."

As a community not-for-profit organisation, YMCA Victoria relies on the generous support of donors and volunteers to help young people like Georgia who are missing out on the chance to lead healthy, happy lives.

Image of Georgia Swimming in a pool assisted.

Through the YMCA Bridge Project Jake now works as an apprentice mechanic.

Jake is why

Since becoming involved with the YMCA Bridge Project, Jake says he now has something to look forward to - his job as an apprentice mechanic. "The guys help me out a lot; some of them even pick me up in the mornings. It makes me feel that I'm wanted here," he says.

"If I hadn't been involved in the YMCA Bridge Project, I probably would have been in trouble and probably would have ended up in jail," says Jake.

"I feel a lot of satisfaction from what I'm doing. Every day I learn something new."


Bradley and Jacob at Connect camp.

Bradley is why

Bradley is one of many inspiring young YMCA volunteers. The 23 year old has volunteered at YMCA Connect camp for the past five years. "The best thing about camp is the positive attitude everyone brings with them," Bradley said. During his five years at Connect, Bradley has built a strong friendship with camper Jacob, who refused to join in activities when he first arrived as an 11 year old. "He has changed so much from the child he was to a young man now with strong morals and strong direction in his life," Bradley said.

Bradley and Jacob at Connect camp.

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Being a YMCA workplace giver means you can easily make donations to YMCA from your pre-tax salary and help more people in the community be healthier and happier. You can choose the YMCA program or location you wish to support.

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160 years young!

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YMCA Victoria is celebrating 160 years in the Victorian community. That's 160 years of caring for the community and making a real difference to the lives of others. And to think it all started in 1853 above a bakery in Melbourne! Since then, the Y has worked with partners, donors and supporters to enable more people to be healthier, happier and connected. Check out YMCA Victoria's history timeline on Facebook to find out more.

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