Here's a look at our Mission Impact from Chief Development Officer, Paula Vogel - 

What an amazing experience summer camp was this year. We engaged thousands of children with our traditional day camps, summer literacy programming, adventure courses, swimming, and gardens. 

Gardens? Doesn't sound like a typical component of Y summer camp does it?  You may be surprised to learn that our Camp Spindrift (Cape Ann Y), Camp Cedar Mill (Ipswich Family Y) and Camp Tricklin' Falls (Haverhill/Plaistow Community Y) all included raised vegetable garden projects as part of their summer camp experience this year.  In fact these projects are part of a YMCA of the North Shore association-wide initiative that now includes seven community garden sites, each providing hands-on learning for youth and teens; motivating kids to eat healthy and enjoy fruit and vegetables; while promoting physical and quality outdoor experiences. 

In some cases the gardens are doing far more than that. I want to tell you about Esther. On a recent visit to our community garden in Salem, I was fortunate to meet this impressive young woman who was volunteering in the GreenSpace garden. She is just starting her freshman year in college, but her life was headed in a very different direction before getting involved with the Salem YMCA's GreenSpace project.

Esther's Story 

I hope you'll take a minute to check out Esther's story and learn more about the work we do beyond our walls. Esther's is just one of hundreds of Y stories that are made possible thanks to time, energy and financial support of communities across the North Shore, anddonors like you! It's simple, we are able to support Esther because you support the Y.

Thank you for all you do! 

Paula Vogel, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
YMCA of the North Shore