Randy Kline

LEADING the WAY Tanya’s Story: Randy Kline is a father of one our kinder students at Smith. Randy volunteered for our most challenging field trip in Summer 2014- a very lengthy bus ride to and from the San Diego Zoo! Randy was great with our youngest group. HE was so helpful, positive, and upbeat as…

Joelle Vogt

A SPECIAL BOND Joelle Vogt, Smith YMCA Volunteer Alyssa’s Story: The relationship between a stepmom and stepdaughter is very special, and I’ve never met two people who have a stronger bond than Joelle and Skylar. Joelle makes sure she is there for every event and takes a vested interest in Skylar’s life. Joelle volunteers for…

Harika

MAKING YOU SMILE Jade’s Story: Harika has always made an effort to be a part of our program in any way we need! She always comes in with a smile and makes sure to always make all the staff feel appreciated. I know that she has made an impact on many of the kids’ lives.…

Dianne Miley

CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE Diane’s Story: The director and staff at our Y do something rare and wonderful: they make kids really want to do the right thing. At our Y, demonstrating good character is cool, and volunteering is a privilege. My son absorbed these values like a sponge and, in turn, led me to want…

Jasmina Muller

GIVING BACK TO the COMMUNITY Jasmina Muller, nominated by Christy Trujillo! Christy: YMCA’s Parent Advisory Council President. She started a great service learning project where we Stuff Stockings for the Troops.  It started as a site service learning project and now it is a huge YMCA Branch & Association Service learning project.  For years she…

Eduardo Cruz

THE BROTHERHOOD OF SOCCER Jesses’ Story: In the Winter of 2011 Eduardo heard of an indoor soccer place that had just opened and decided to sign up his team. He knew we had a very small amount of teams and asked if he  could volunteer his time because he was a Referee and might know…

Hsu Family

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES Chen Hsu, parent of Michael Hsu, a member of the New Horizons YMCA program for adults with developmental disabilities, should be nominated, because of her courage and dedication to volunteer for our program. Chen Hsu, helped to start volunteer opportunities in New Horizons when she asked if there were any opportunities for her…

Robinson Family

MAKING SUMMER FUN This is a story about 3 wonderful gentlemen who took turns accompanying us on our summer field trips. They are the uncle, grandfather and father of a girl in our program. Not only did they assist with the children in the program, they also provided stimulating conversation and witty anecdotes. We are…

Jill Ikeda

MAKING LIFE SPECTACULAR Zach’s Story: Jill has been an outstanding volunteer at our Y site. She is involved in our PAC and helps plan our activities for the year. Not only does she help plan family events, but she volunteers her time to run them as well. She also makes some spectacular pancakes. Thank you…

Janice Lightfoot

GIVING BACK Janice’s Story: I got involved with volunteering at the Arroyo Vista YMCA about a year after my daughter started attending the after school program back in 2012. My daughter talked a lot about the exciting activities she participated in and how her friend’s parents would participate. I started volunteering based on my daughter’s…