GIVING BACK to the community.

Nicole Torres learned some time ago that the Y is not your average gym: It strengthens every community and person it touches. Nicole says she discovered this when she joined the Y’s North Pointe Family Center with her husband and three children in February 2011. Torres Nicole“The Y is so much more than a gym,” she says. “It is clear that its priority is to help you and make an impact in your community, not collect money to gain a profit.” Nicole and her husband, Oscar, first joined the Y to get their three kids, ages 13, 11 and 3, involved in physical activities. Their membership quickly served as a catalyst for a new healthy lifestyle. They started exercising regularly and saw the importance of healthy living, and the Y provided support and guidance along the way. “The Y teaches you,” Nicole says. “It is not just a gym and a pool; there is always someone there to help you and encourage you with whatever you are doing.” In addition to instilling a healthy lifestyle, the Y gives the Torres family a place to spend time together, she says. “When we go to the Y, my family is all in one place, and that is very important to me.” Nicole says she has been greatly affected by the Y’s cause and decided to take her relationship with her local Y to the next level. She began volunteering at events. She’s also becoming a group-exercise instructor because Hady, her body pump and Zumba instructor, had such a positive impact on her, and she wants to pass that wonderful experience to as many people as possible, such as Healthy Kids Day, which is every spring. She is now on the Advisory Board, working on the Y’s annual campaign that raises money for Y financial assistance for swim lessons and memberships for people in the community who otherwise couldn’t benefit from the Y’s many programs and services. “The Y makes an impact on my life and on my family,” Nicole says. “I want to share what we gained with everyone else.”