Letters to the Editor

Showing support

To the East Boston Community:

It always amazes me to see how the East Boston community bands together to show their support of the YMCA of Greater Boston and the East Boston YMCA. People of all ages, income levels, and backgrounds step up, mostly because they have been personally touched by our programs and services. Thanks to local business and individual sponsors of our recent East Boston Breakfast and our 2018 Annual Fund Campaign, we are able to provide critical financial support to those in need.

Here in East Boston, many families need the Y’s support. Through the Y’s commitment to our community, one in four campers receive financial assistance to attend our overnight and day camps—keeping youth off of the streets and out of trouble during the summer months. On average, children lose one month of academic achievement during the summer months. Through our Y camps and Summer Learning Academies, we are introducing youth to new experiences including STEM activities. As a result, we are closing the summer learning gap by keeping youth healthy and active. And, it’s not just about younger kids! Nearly 300 teens participated in our free academic recovery classes last year, putting them back on track to graduate from high school. Our commitment to building strong youth and teens resonates throughout the East Boston YMCA every single day, as we offer a safe, healthy, environment.

Our branch and our members share their personal stories about the Y’s impact on their lives, reminding us that the Y is more than a place, we’re a cause. Last year alone, 90 adults benefited from programs through our New American Welcome Centers in East Boston which provide ESOL classes and workshops. We could never do all of this without our amazing East Boston Community. We are so grateful for their generosity.

When you support to the Y, you are giving someone a chance at a better life and an opportunity to change their life for good. Every dollar supports children, teens, and families in need right here in Greater Boston by allowing us to provide socially responsible programming for youth development and healthy living.

Because of you, there is a way to a better us. Together we are all part of something greater and we thank you for supporting the Good in All of Us.

With gratitude,

Ann-Margaret Gutierrez, Executive Director

YMCA of Greater Boston, East Boston YMCA


A happy ending

Dear Editor:

After hearing about Ms. Nese and her beautiful dog Chief, as with everyone else, we were so concerned and then so thrilled to hear for Chief’s safe return.

We put together a lovely basket of goodies for Chief, but we do not know how to contact Ms. Nese. Perhaps you can help us locate her so that we can give her this small token and let her know how thrilled everyone is that this story has such a happy ending.

Thank you very much,

Mike and Joey Todesca

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