The C.W. Avery Family YMCA is celebrating its 15th Anniversary on Wallin Drive in 2021! To commemorate this milestone, we are sharing the story of fantastic Y members each month. Today we shine the spotlight on Judy Avery. A true YMCA hero, Judy has shared her time, talents, and treasures with the Y for more than 20 years, and is known for her humble and kind spirit.
“The impact that Judy and her late husband, Clyde, and the entire Avery family have had on our Y community is quite profound,” Executive Director Lisa Behounek said. “As a result of their inspiring generosity, working families have peace of mind knowing their children have fun and are well cared for in the Y’s summer camp and before and after school programs. Thousands of kids have learned to swim and the number of lasting friendships formed at the Y are too many to count. None of this would be possible without the vision, generosity, and support of the Avery family!”
Learn more about Judy in the Q&A below:
Q: What makes you passionate about programs at the Y and the Y’s overall mission?
Judy: I grew up on a farm, so I never really went to a Y or was involved with the Y. We were in 4H. However, my family has been very involved in school and with sports so I’ve always known that a place where kids can do things in a safe learning environment is a community need. Whether it’s basketball, or dancing, or tumbling, everything the Y provides for kids is important.
Q: What are you most proud about your involvement in the Y?
Judy: It’s just been fabulous to see all the people the Y has helped. COVID put a damper on things for a little bit, but we’re starting to come back and we’re doing a lot of good things for the community.
Q: How do you spend your time at the Y?
Judy: I used to come to senior programs all the time and I’m excited to start coming back to it now that things are starting to open up again.
Q: What kind of connections do you feel to the Y community?
Judy: When I talk to people around the community, I’ll hear things like ‘I’m so glad you did this’ or ‘It’s so nice for our families.’ My first response is always, ‘I’m the one who should thank you.’ It’s the members who help to make our YMCA community special.
Thank you again, Judy for being such a special member of our Y community!
We look forward to making a positive impact on members of our community through 2021 and beyond!