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Franklin

615-591-0322
501 S Royal Oaks Blvd., Franklin, TN 37064
Today's 4:45 a.m.-10 p.m.
Directions | More Hours

Employees Share Their Inspirations

March 8, 2019

Brian Lonergan, Diane Pace and Terry Smith joined the Franklin Y staff together as membership connectors in October 2017. Their experiences have greatly influenced their reasons for giving back to the Y.

Brian moved by Open Doors

When asked what inspires each of them to give to the Annual Giving Campaign, Brian said, “That’s an easy one, the Open Doors Program.”

As a membership connector, Brian is the first responder for members in need who qualify for membership subsidy through the Open Doors program, and he is responsible for guiding members through the application process.

“Having the opportunity to work directly with adults and families in need has strengthened my awareness of the YMCA as a resource for people in the community. When life happens to our members, the Franklin Y is here for them, and it is important to me to give back to a cause that is giving back to others so freely and generously.”

Diane’s childhood inspires giving

Diane’s inspiration for donating has deep ties to her personal experiences of being raised by a single mother.

“I consider my donation to be an extension of my own desires and longings from childhood. As a membership connector, I’ve watched how much the children here at our Y are enriched by our childcare facilities and youth programs. … Now that I am a mother, I can appreciate the opportunities that are available at our Y for parents and children alike, and it makes me so excited to know that my donation is going to ensure that these programs and services can remain available for children and families in need in the Franklin community.”

Terry values diversity

Terry’s decision to give back to the Y stems from his excitement in seeing people of all ages from different backgrounds come together the Y.

“The Y is a great place to meet people with similar interests; it’s more than just a place to work out and get in shape,” Terry said.

At age 73, Terry acknowledges the importance of fellowship with others and physical activity. “As a senior who recently underwent hip replacement surgery, I understand the importance of exercising regularly and having a place to come and fellowship with others. The active older adult program and the Silver Sneakers classes here at the Franklin Family YMCA are excellent, and I enjoy watching how much these programs and services benefit others. It gives me fulfillment to know that my donation is going to support programs and services that are there for everyone, including active older adults in the community.”

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