YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina

We Are Better Together

A Message Regarding Racial Justice and Equity

Published 06.04.20

At the YMCA, we work to create a community in which every person feels valued, emboldened and loved. Like you, we struggle to make sense of the recent events in Minneapolis and all over our country. We recognize the pain, frustration and anger caused by the death of George Floyd and the long history and prevalence of systemic racism, and we stand united with our neighbors demanding change.

As a Y, we work to foster relationships and eliminate barriers to a better life. The Y is not a gym, a swim lesson or a basketball game. The Y is community. We are people connected by a common desire to create communities in which every adult and child has the opportunity to thrive.

Our YMCA strongly believes in equal opportunities for all. No matter the color of your skin, your gender, sexual orientation, your country, ethnicity, age or background, ALL should have the opportunities to thrive and live a resilient and peaceful life. YMCAs across the nation are committed to working to address the underlying issues in our community that fuel racism and the hopelessness that can lead to distrust and even violence. Here are some of the ways our YMCA is increasing its efforts to better serve our community:

  1. Offering inclusive and adaptive classes and programs to engage people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
  2. Hiring bilingual staff to better serve our Spanish-speaking families and individuals.
  3. Collaborating with local community organizations to combat inequities and ensure that we reach and serve ALL people in our community.

While we continue to do more to be part of the solution, we’d like to hear from you. Let your voice be heard, and share with us ways the Y can better create equal opportunities for all.

Though the pandemic keeps us apart, we have a responsibility to come together to stand up for one another and to grant each other the grace to share our views, fears and truth without judgement. Together, we can turn our empathy into empowerment and our pain into purpose. Lasting change takes a commitment from all of us. We are better together.

We hope you’ll join our efforts to create a stronger community.