Lauren Koontz of YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Since 1858, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta has been serving the ever-changing needs of our community. As the oldest non-profit in Atlanta, the Y champions communities where everyone belongs, and provides opportunities so that everyone—especially children—can reach their full potential.
We visited with Ms. Lauren Koontz, the President & CEO of YMCA of Metro Atlanta, and discussed a myriad of this organization’s incredible contributions:
- The goal of the Y is transformational change in the community benefiting all.
- YMCA of Metro Atlanta is the largest provider of early childhood education and care in the state of Georgia – birth to Pre-K.
- 90% of children the Y serves are at the poverty level. The Y equips them for kindergarten.
- Financial assistance is available based on need. The YMCA actively seeks to identify and involve those in need.
- 3,000 children benefit from the Y’s services EVERYDAY.
- Guiding Theme: Building healthy mind, body, and spirit—with equity at the heart and the heart of our work. Intentional programming designed to relevantly education and serve the community.
- 13 early learning centers, after school programs, 20 community wellness centers, camps, & more.
- The Y was able to quickly reopen after Covid lockdown and help children of essential workers with education, physical activity, and providing two meals a day.
- Talked about the Y’s many partnerships with corporate, government and community organizations
- Building trust in the community is a foundational aspect of this 165 year old organization.
- More than a swim & gym – whole-person well being. “We are an anchor institution – a community is better with a Y there!”
THANK YOU, LAUREN KOONTZ, FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY!
Thank you to our sponsor, The Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta.