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To help rebound from pandemic losses, YMCA of Honolulu launches fundraising campaign

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 4:40 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - At the YMCA of Honolulu, instructor Damon Trevor leads a fitness class for members called “Y Fusion.”

A limited number work out in person. Others join via Zoom. It’s a hybrid format.

“I try to engage with the people at home, and also the people in person. So it’s like putting on two shows at once. Really, that’s what it is,” Trevor said.

Because of restrictions on the size of exercise groups, the Y added online workouts. YMCA of Honolulu CEO Greg Waibel said they are very popular.

“Our participation has been on average about 20 people per class who come to that, and they’ve been doing that all throughout this pandemic,” he said.

The Y also offers ukulele lessons, cooking demonstrations, language lessons and other free classes through its website.

“That’s our way that we’re giving back and helping support our community during this really challenging time,” Waibel said.

The Y lost half of its 25,000 members in 2020 and about 50% of its revenue, but it continued providing childcare and learning opportunities.

“We helped keep kids in that learning mode at many of our locations, and that continues today as schools are still not back in full session,” Waibel said.

The Y just launched its 2021 fundraising campaign called “Here for Good.” Waibel said the goal is to raise $1 million.

“These funds really help those who don’t have the ability to pay, or for free programming that we offer,” he said.

Even when the pandemic passes, the YMCA of Honolulu hopes to continue offering programs like “Y Fusion” online.

“They offer such an array. It’s such a variety of classes. You have your choice,” YMCA member Marcia Horiuchi said.

To contribute to the “Here for Good” campaign go to YMCAHonolulu.org

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