YMCA Rises to the Top as a Finalist for Non-Profit of the Year Award

Inaugural award honors three incredible non-profits including the YMCA of Madison County.

By Kyle Morey, Madison County Chamber

Jimmy Byrd, YMCA of Madison County by Dale Picket Photography


Developed with the guidance of United Way of Madison County, the Non-Profit of the Year Award honors a non-profit agency serving Madison County.

"The award will honor an agency that makes a positive community impact, employs accountable business practices, has an engaged board and strong leadership, and values partnership and collaboration," says Nancy Vaughn, Executive Director of the United Way of Madison County." In addition, the award will honor an agency that focuses its efforts on one or more of the three critical areas of education, income, and/or health outcomes. The YMCA of Madison County scored high on all accounts."

In an exclusive interview with Madison County Chamber's CEO Kyle Morey, Jimmy Byrd, Executive Director of the YMCA of Madison County, shares their vision for Madison County, their challenges and their achievements.

Morey: What year was your organization founded?

Byrd: 1916

Morey: What are the primary services and populations served?

Byrd: YMCA serves the entire community of Madison County. We have over 5,000 members and over 9,000 program participants ranging from infant to 100 years.

Morey: What is your organizational vision?

Byrd: To serve all of Madison County and improve the community in spirit, mind and body.

Morey: What are the greatest challenges of your work?

Byrd: Serving everyone regardless of ability to pay.

Morey: What are your greatest achievements as an organization in 2012?

Byrd: Opened a new YMCA in Pendleton, Indiana. Renovated the Elwood YMCA.

Morey: What are your goals for 2013? 

Byrd: To offer senior housing in the upper floors of the Anderson YMCA. Continue to grow in regards to relevancy in our community.

Morey: What would be your ideal vision for your organization by 2025?

Byrd: To offer senior housing in the upper floors of the Anderson YMCA. Continue to grow in regards to relevancy in our community.

Morey: Why Madison County?

Byrd: While there are 2600 YMCA's in the country this Y serves Madison County.

Morey: What is one interesting fact about your organization that most people don't know?

Byrd: We serve over 10,000 youth each year and over 5,000 seniors.

Morey: What single word best describes the culture or attitude of your organziation?

Byrd: Servant

Morey: Mac or PC in your company?

Byrd: PC

YMCA of Madison County, along with Children's Bureau and Second Harvest Food Bank, will be honored as a finalist and possible winner of the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year award.  Winners of this award, as well as the Small Business and Emerging Business of the Year, will be announced at the Madison County Chamber's Annual Awards Gala held on February 28, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Anderson.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Betsy at 765-642-0264.


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