Partnership with Fauntleroy YMCA

STATEMENT OF PARTNERSHIP Fauntleroy YMCA and Fauntleroy Church UCC desire to continue to work as community partners in providing programs based on Christian values of justice, mercy, health, healing and love for all. The Church and the YMCA were planted in this community, belong to the community, and are here to respond to the needs of the community. Both organizations are committed to work together; we will treat one another--as staff and institutions and just ordinary folk--with respect and seek to resolve our differences in a just and loving way. There is no difficulty so great it will split us apart.

This partnership, dreamed and enacted by Laurence Colman, Fauntleroy Church, and the Fauntleroy community, affirms our common beliefs and goals, and recognizes differences in organizational structures. Therefore, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fauntleroy United Church of Christ and the Fauntleroy YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Seattle was formalized in June 2007 to provide ongoing direction for processes and specific areas of responsibility to ensure the partnership will stay intact, will be based on cooperation, respect and mutual support, and will serve the people of the community, as first envisioned by the leadership of the Fauntleroy community.

Membership

The YMCA will waive the joining fee on a YMCA membership, a savings of up to $125 for a family, for Fauntleroy Church members and staff and Little Pilgrim School staff.

Volunteering

In addition to volunteer activity with the church, there are opportunities to help in the community by volunteering at the Fauntleroy YMCA. Opportunities for adults include branch board of managers; financial development, marketing or membership committees; program committees and many other opportunities. Students may volunteer at the front desk; participate in service-learning opportunities or in many other capacities.

Shared Programs

Many similar programs that focus on mind, spirit and body health are offered for both organizations. One of the latest programs that have been offered for middle aged kids is the Trail Blazers Program. The focus would be on outdoor activity with leadership development and physical skills.

Updated: 2/20/2010: B. Fulford: B. Ackers