Friday, March 16, 2012


Meet Tammy Snyder

GREENVILLE, OH (March 14, 2012) – The YMCA of Darke County is halfway through its 2012 Annual Community Support Campaign. The Annual Community Support Campaign is the Y’s main fundraising effort to secure funding for its Scholarship Assistance Program for membership, programs, and childcare, capital projects, and subsidizing mission-based programs that do not support themselves. Funds generated during the Annual Campaign keeps the Y available for kids and families who need us the most. The Y is currently at 55.7% of its $60,000 goal. We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life be more healthy, confident, connected and secure. When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. Jeff Kniese, the Annual Campaign Chairman for 2012, says, “It is vitally important for our community to have a strong Y to continue to provide the many classes and services to our friends and neighbors.” He goes on to say, “Without a strong Y, many people would not receive the support they need, and our community would suffer for it.” We would like to show you the impact that you can have when you donate to the Y. Take a moment and read Tammy’s story.

Meet Tammy Snyder. Tammy is 47 years old and lives in Greenville. Her husband passed away in April of 2011 due to complications with diabetes. Tammy knew that her health was declining as well. She heard God speak to her saying that it was time to do something about her health. She went to the doctor and discovered she, herself, was a borderline diabetic, and that she needed to lose weight. Her doctor suggested she try the Y. Tammy was hesitant because she had never exercised before. She joined the Y in June 2011 and began in the Aqua Motion water aerobics class. As she began to lose weight, her energy level increased as did her endurance. Tammy was able to move to more advanced cardio classes out of the water. She can be found at the Y four or five days a week taking a variety of water and land-based aerobics classes. Tammy walked in and finished the Jingle Bell 5K in Versailles in December. “I never thought it was possible,” says Tammy regarding her 5K finish. “God tells me to never give up, don’t quit, this is just the beginning.” Since joining the Y, Tammy has lost 42.6 pounds and feels great. Tammy went on to say, “We all need a community to grow and the Y has been that for me. It is a great benefit that wouldn’t be available without the scholarship assistance. If it weren’t for the Y, I wouldn’t be losing weight or becoming healthier. I’ve learned so much. The Y is my family.”

The Y is the unparalleled cause for strengthening community because we ARE the community. We are a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Annual Community Support Campaign will conclude on Thursday, April 19th. To learn more about the Annual Community Support Campaign or to make your tax-deductible gift, contact Gail Hostuttler, Executive Director, at 548-3777 or You can also contact Jeff Kniese, Campaign Chair, or Eileen Litchfield, Campaign Vice Chair.

The YMCA of Darke County is a non-profit membership association of over 4,700 members with facilities in Greenville and Versailles. The mission of the YMCA of Darke County is to develop the whole person – spirit, mind and body – through character development programs that reinforce Christian principles and that build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

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