Tawnya Axelson, Volunteer

Appreciating All That the Y Offers Families

Tawnya Axelson is clear about what she loves most about the YMCA—everything! Tawnya explains how much the Y has been part of her family’s lives, “The amount of help we have received from the Y is really not something we can quantify! We’ve benefitted from the Y’s child care, personal training, swimming lessons, classes, sports for the kids, many programs and family events, and the friendships with the staff.”

Tawnya recently became a certified personal fitness trainer and is pursuing becoming a yoga instructor. The Y staff helped her move forward professionally by providing opportunities to gain experience. Tawnya enjoys the chance to give back by volunteering, but she still feels like she’s getting the better end of the deal. “We have all made so many friends at the Y—I could not imagine it not being part of our life. We feel at home at the Y!”


At the Y, we exist to strengthen community. Together with people like you, we nurture the potential of kids, help people understand and improve their health, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

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