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YMCA of Greater Charlotte
YMCA of Greater Charlotte
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Each Y volunteer plays an important role in moving our communities forward. Everyone touched by the Y has a story, and every story can be traced back to a Y volunteer who believed change was possible.

Each year we honor a George Williams Award winner from our Y branches and resident camps. The award is named for George Williams who founded the YMCA in London in 1844. At 22, the farmer-turned-department store worker became deeply troubled as he witnessed other young men turning to dangerous influences. He organized 11 friends for Bible study, prayer and escape from life on the streets. The Y started around a common purpose – meeting the social needs in the community. We do the same today.

The passion-driven leaders listed below represent what makes each of our YMCAs uniquely positioned to strengthen the foundation of our community. We thank them for believing in the impact of the Y and for their invaluable contributions of time and talent to help our Ys grow stronger in service to others.

In recognition of our founder, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte honors outstanding volunteers at each branch and camp.


Beth Hernandez
Brace Family YMCA
Amy Bradley
Childress Klein & Gateway Village YMCAs
Gene Johnson
Ken Valentine
Harris YMCA
Jason Brannon
Johnston YMCA
Freda Lester
Keith Family YMCA
Liz Mills
Lake Norman YMCA
Raleigh Castelloe
Lincoln County YMCA
Randy and Betty Marion
Lowe's YMCA
Willie T. Ramey
McCrorey YMCA
Bob Woods
Morrison YMCA
Reinaldo Panico Peres
Sally's YMCA
Angela V. Daley
Simmons YMCA
Al Winget
Steele Creek YMCA
Brittany Bryant
Stratford Richardson YMCA
Lilly Weston
YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge
Rob Crane
YMCA Camp Thunderbird