The Rappahannock Area Family YMCA provides opportunities for health, wellness and recreation to many different communities in Virginia. With five locations in King George and Northern Virginia, the organization enriches the lives of people of all ages and abilities through the programs and services they provide. Barney Reiley, the Y’s Chief Executive Officer, chatted with us about the many ways the Y touches the community for this week’s Friday Focus.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who do you serve?).
A: I serve as the CEO of the Rappahannock Area YMCA. We have four branches and serve the Planning District 16 which includes Stafford, Spotsylvania, the City of Fredericksburg, King George and Caroline. We offer full health and wellness facilities that include fitness centers, pools, gymnasiums, fitness/exercise rooms and other related facilities. We offer a wide array of programs that are geared to improving the quality of life through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body. We are designed to have programs for infants, toddlers, teens, families, adults and seniors and for people with special needs.
Q: What has been your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
A: My special moment was 25 years ago when I was asked to go into the locker room and help get a group of young disabled boys out of their wheel chairs and into their swim suits so they could get into the pool. All of these children had cerebral palsy. This experience made me realize how important the YMCA was to these children and if the Y was not there, there would be a huge void in their lives.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: Our biggest challenge is to remain financially viable so we can continue to help the growing number of people who need our help. We offer financial assistance for membership to the YMCA to those people who are unable to pay. Last year, we awarded over $1,000,000 in financial assistance, so we must continually fundraise in order to help others.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
A: We have a number of events that we are always looking to partner with local organizations to help out with our various events and we have an ongoing fundraisers to raise funds to help people become members of the Y.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
A: Just call any of our branches and ask for the Executive Director, Business Manager, or Membership Director; they can assist anyone who wants to help out with the Y.