Impact Stories

EVERYBODY HAS A Y STORY. SHARE YOURS WITH US TODAY!

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. The Y wouldn’t be the place it is today without its members and program participants. We want to embrace your Y experience and share it with others in your community so your neighbors, friends, and families can see the impact the Y has had on your life. Please use this form to submit your story.


 

Marli Hayes- Darien YMCA Board Member

MARLI'S STORY

I believe in the mission and values of the YMCA. I admire that the work the Darien YMCA does is focused on both Darien AND the greater community. Because of my involvement with the Darien YWCA...  

 

Jeff Williams Headshot

JEFF'S STORY

Fifteen years ago, I turned a “certain age” and decided it was time to get myself in shape and change my way of living to a much healthier lifestyle. Fast forward to 2022, I am 30 lbs. lighter and in pretty good shape for a guy “my age".  

 

MARISSA'S STORY

My name is Marissa Herbers and I am a CA native who now lives in Darien with my husband and 2 beautiful children. To give you some background, 10 years ago I was pregnant with my daughter Reagan and in excellent health. I was someone who was involved in sports my whole life, was in good shape, and enjoyed my 7am fitness classes.  
Marissa Herbers and Gene DeNota at the Darien YMCA

 

Ben

BEN'S STORY

Ben Wychulis, a junior at Darien High School, always had a passion for baseball. When he was growing up, Ben's family was fortunate enough to afford everything he needed to participate in sports, including baseball. "In this area, there are families and kids who don't have what I had. They don't have access to all the opportunities I did. And it just doesn't seem fair," said Ben.  

 

KILLEEN FAMILY STORY

"John and Kristine, like many working parents, rely on the Darien YMCA for their childcare needs. Their older son Sean has been a regular participant in the after-school Kids Club program as well as Summer Camp over the past 5 years. Kids Club has been wonderful from helping with homework, participating in other YMCA activities such as swimming and basketball, and creating friendships with kids from other Darien schools. ”
Kileen sons with April Greene and Suzanne Richards

 

JEFF'S STORY

Our family has been involved with the Darien YMCA since we moved to town in 2017. Our children continue to enjoy many of its wonderful programs, including swimming, gymnastics, and summer camp. Since the beginning of our experience, the warmth, commitment, and capability of the staff has been evident.  

 

KAREN'S STORY

"Karen Brennan has been a long time member of the Darien YMCA. Thanks to the pandemic, her crazy work schedule, and a long winter, her fitness routine had been in a slump and she needed a jump start and some motivation. ”

 

BEVERLY'S STORY

Here at the Y, we like to,say that we strengthen the community through programs and relationships that build a healthy spirit, body and mind. However, this is not just something we just say - our staff and members are doing it! ”  

 

LISA AND KELLY'S STORY

Familiar faces help make the Darien YMCA feel like a home away from home. Membership services representative, Lisa Ienner and pre-school teacher, Kelly Laccona have been a part of the Y family for over 17 and 25 years.  

 

BARBARA'S STORY

I met Barbara on a chilly February morning in the lobby of the Darien YMCA, overlooking the pool where she is an avid participant in aquafit classes. I quickly understood why Amy D’Andrea, Director of Aquatics, described her as, “a ray of sunshine that brings joy to everyone she comes in contact with.

 


 

JANE'S STORY

Jane Marrone joined the Darien YMCA over 20 years ago when her family returned to Connecticut after living abroad in England. First training with Andrea in the wellness center and more recently finding community and health during retirement by participating in water aerobics. As Jane tells it, her water aerobics group receives safe and robust work-outs in the pool and has formed friendship that they count on both in and outside of class. 

 


 

ROCCO'S STORY

Rocco Stavrianopoulos started taking special needs swimming lessons one-on- one with an instructor when he was 4 years old. He started in our small warm water pool with play-based instruction with toys to motivate him and help him learn basic swimming skills. Now 4 years  later, he can participate in free swim time during camp in our large pool and is continuing to take lessons to build his endurance in the water.


 

BRITTANY'S STORY

For Brittany Daniel’s a part-time summer camp job on the waterfront of Holly Pond became the start of her decade long commitment to the Darien YMCA. Since that first summer Brittany has remained a vital part of the Y community and is now the Associate Aquatics Director here at the Darien YMCA. 

 


 

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We are waiting to hear your story, every impact story is an inspiration to others and a motivation for us to keep working diligently for our members!