Nicole Howard

MAKING TIME TO HELP Nicole and her family have been with the Las Palmas YMCA for two years.  In that short amount of time, she has made a great impact on our Y.  She is constantly asking how she can help at our site and is constantly brainstorming ways she can help raise money for…

Vanessa Mota

GETTING INVOLVED Angie’s Story: Vanessa first came into the YMCA full of questions: what do we do, will we be able to accommodate her child who is on an IEP at school, how much does it cost, and most importantly, do we offer financial assistance? Vanessa had just graduated college and was working full time,…

Tanya Murray

FRIENDS FOREVER Tyler’s Story:  When Tanya Murray’s son first started three years ago at the YMCA, he was a little timid as a new kindergartener. It didn’t help that on his first day at school, the fire alarm went off and scared him even more! Being an assistant to K-Plus at the time, Aiden became…

Pat Bitzer

GENEROSITY AT ITS BEST Ashley’s Story:  Pat, or as we call her, “Grandma” has been a huge part of the YMCA. She is always bringing in supplies for crafts and fun activities for the children. Her grandchildren, who are enrolled at Concordia YMCA, always come with a smile on their face. They are always laughing…

Mike & Erin Barnes

LIGHTING UP LIFE Ruby’s Story:  I’ve known the Barnes family since their daughter was in kindergarten. She is now in 5th grade! Every time the Barnes come to pick up or drop off their daughter, they light up the room. They’re always smiling, encouraging, and just about two of the friendliest people I know. They…

Norma LaFrance

CELEBRATING NORMA Norma LaFrance has been a member of our SilverSneakers® program for 10 years and is one of the quiet volunteer heroes we have.  Norma attends our 1pm SilverSneakers® class five days a week.  Norma sits in the back of the class by the door.  In this position she is ready to welcome new…

Gary Hessenauer

CELEBRATING GARY Gary is a very prominent and positive fitness member at the Laguna Niguel YMCA facility. He is friendly and engaging with all members and staff. Gary is always available and willing to help whether it’s a large undertaking like set up and break down for run in the park or more minor daily…

Purohit Family

SOMETHING BIGGER THAN OURSELVES Our family’s five year experience with various Y activities, children’s sports, Y’s basketball program and the Y’s fundraising campaign has positively enriched our lives since moving to Laguna Niguel, Ca. Our family’s volunteer experience with the Y staff has progressively shaped our sense of community and belonging to something bigger than…

Keith Stubbs

COACH, ROLE MODEL My son had played a couple seasons of basketball at the Y and I had assisted other coaches before when I heard they were short on coaches for the current season. Knowing there was a great need for role models as well as coaches, I stepped in. Volunteering has been great.  It…

Frank Santilli

HELPING OTHERS THRIVE As an active Senior member of the Laguna Niguel Y, I will be celebrating my 31st year as a serious supporter of all the Y’s programs and activities. It all began back in February of 1984 when I became a member and attended stretching and aerobic classes at the Y’s temporary store…