“I am Y” Stories

People are at the heart of what makes Vermont such an incredible place to live. At the Y, we see and support people from a cross-section of the community, each helping to make our Y a place that is as special as the communities we serve.

We created “#IamY” as a social media campaign that will roll out this fall and winter to help tell our story through the experiences of members, program families, and staff. We are fortunate to play a part in the lives of the 16 people and families we will highlight – they truly represent what is best about the Y.

Check back on this page or stay connected through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts as we add stories in the weeks ahead.


As a new mom, if you’re not working outside the home, it can be isolating. Going to the Y was huge for me. It’s where Lillian and I connected. Today, we’re part of a whole community of parents.

Hilary Stanton-Geddes


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“I moved to Vermont from the Congo nine years ago. Two years later, I joined the Y. The Y helps me to reduce stress and relax after a long day at work. The Y is the best – a place where you can meet some great people and work on yourself with the help of others.”

-Flori Zabili


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“I joined the Y in 1942. I have been a member for almost 80 years! Though the world has changed a lot, the Y’s values remain consistent: the mission to serve our community, be a center for our community, and help people in our community.”

-Willard Smith


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“The Y is so much more than a gym. It’s community. You see the work-out fanatic and the 85-year-old grandmother. Seeing everyone exercise together is pretty inspiring. We joined the Y, and today we’re in the best shape of our lives. As a family, we’re helping our daughter build a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.”

Bryce Youngquist

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“When I was 18, a bicycle accident left me with a traumatic brain injury. Today, when I swim at the Y, I feel free. It’s a freedom my body doesn’t give a lot of. Everyone here helped me. They are here for me. I feel safe here. I feel like me here.”

Anna King


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Pomerleau Family Y
266 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Addison, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties