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MBJ Keon Davis

With a positive presence in the capital city for almost 150 years, the YMCA of Greater Montgomery is one of our community’s longest-standing organizations. President and CEO Gary A. Cobbs may be new to Montgomery (here since 2013), but he has 21 years of YMCA experience and explains how and why the organization does its good work.

What is YMCA’s mission here? We strength-en the foundations of our region by working to give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of youths and teens and improves our community’s well-being.

Number of people served: Approximately 80,000 people in the River Region each year.

What are some of the Y’s main programs and services? We offer a wide variety including youth and adult sports; preschool and pre-K; mentoring; swim team, swim lessons and aquatics; overnight and day camps; wellness and exercise classes; summer learning loss prevention; and numerous teen programs.

What challenges does the Y face? Finding more resources to continue our programs and serve those in our community that need assistance and trans-forming our older and outdated buildings so we can deliver our mission in a more effective manner. 

What solutions do you see for these issues? We have to develop the right partnerships, continue developing relationships, effectively communicate our vision and our needs to the community and friends of the Y, and secure more targeted grants and annual gifts.

What’s do you love about your job? I enjoy being a servant leader and helping people. I’m biased, but I believe the Y is the best organization in the world, and we get a chance to serve the community and meet people where they are.

COMPANY FOUNDED 1868
www.ymcamontgomery.org

IN THE COMMUNITY 
In addition to my work with the Y, I’m on the Baptist East Advisory Board, Montgomery Education Foundation Board, am a member of Noon Rotary, am a YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Board Member, serve on The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board and the Capital City Club’s Board. I’m also a graduate of Leadership Montgomery.

 

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