Our Annual Giving Campaign is about so much more than just raising money.  It is about people.  It is about community.  It is about the families and children and seniors the YMCA serves every day.  It is their stories that show the true impact of the Y and all that we do.

Helping Families Thrive

Cost of childcare for three is high, adding a $600 bill on top of Yajaira Pesante’s regular monthly household expenses. Yajaira  is the sole provider for herself and her three girls –Gabby, Aliyah, and Jasmien.  Thankfully, the girls have been able to attend the YMCA Before and Afterschool Care programs and Summer Day Camp with help from funding provided through our Annual Campaign donations.

“I am the only provider for my family.  My job requires long days and early hours so that everything is running affectively and smoothly.  During the pandemic, fear of not having adequate childcare that was able to accommodate my schedule had me in a panic.  I questioned how we would get through it in one piece.   Thankfully, I had the YMCA.  The Y has worked with me in ways that I will forever be thankful for. 

My daughters have such a wonderful and positive relationship with the Y staff members.  I am thankful for the support and reassurance of the YMCA program.  Being able to focus on work knowing my girls are safe, well-cared for and loved is so important and has eased my stress during such difficult times.   I will forever appreciate everything the YMCA has done for my family.”  

~Yajaira Pesante                                                                                          (Parent of the Geneva Y’s Childcare Programs)

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Making Goals Attainable!

Howard Synesael jumped out of a plane on his 71st birthday this year, an accomplishment by any standards, but take into consideration Howard’s Parkinson diagnosis and you realize just how special this accomplishment was. 

When Howard set this goal for himself he turned to the YMCA and Wellness Director, Laura Snook to help make sure he was as physically prepared as possible.
Howard regularly attends YMCA fitness classes 4 days per week.  “I always feel better when I leave the YMCA,” he says. 

As Howard prepared for the jump, he added workouts with Laura that focused on strength training to ensure his jump was not only successful, but safe.

His diligent work paid off.  “Not to brag or anything but the instructor said I did better than the 21 year olds,” said Howard after his 11,000 feet jump.

Howard is grateful to Laura and the entire Geneva YMCA staff who helped him realize this major goal.

Providing Opportunities to Learn & Grow!

Justin Dixon has always wanted to be a teacher.   Justin and his dad come to the Y to swim several times a week.  He is always happy to chat and joke with staff when checking in.  When YMCA staff learned of Justin’s dream, they worked together to find a way to give him the opportunity to interact with and influence the lives of the children in our programs.   Working with Jr. Camp Site Director, Caitlin Bakogiannis, Justin visited camp every Tuesday to read a book he specially prepared to the children.   The campers quickly fell in love with both Justin and his stories, looking forward to his weekly visits.  Justin’s stories and visits have continued into the fall with Justin reading to our children in Afterschool Care.               

Current Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday, 5:00am - 8:00pm • Friday, 5:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, 7:00am - 2:00pm • Sunday, 9:00am - 2:00pm


The Geneva Family YMCA
399 William St.
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: 315-789-1616
Fax: 315-789-4259