Reaching Out: Don Jenks Recognized for His Support of the YMCA of Southern Arizona
When our Executive Vice President Don Jenks was raising young children, he discovered that the YMCA of Southern Arizona was a great resource to keep them entertained and fit, as well as teaching them new skills. Fast forward 27 years and Don’s children are grown, but he hasn’t stopped supporting the Y.
Between coaching for the Y, sitting on both his local and the regional YMCA boards, developing a robust reserve fund for the YMCA of Southern Arizona (which oversees six different YMCA branches) and gearing up to serve as chair of the Metropolitan YMCA Board next year, Don earned a spot in the YMCA of Southern Arizona’s Hall of Fame this year. (Go Don!)
YMCA of Southern Arizona celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, and inducted 107 people into its inaugural Hall of Fame to and recognize those individuals’ support of the Y and its efforts to strengthen the community.
The YMCA of Southern Arizona serves tens of thousands of individuals and families each year. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of their lives and helping all people realize their fullest potential through the development of spirit, mind and body.
The YMCA excels at community outreach, with a myriad of programs available to its members.
While the Y has been teaching kids to swim for nearly 100 years, the YMCA of Southern Arizona started a drowning prevention program three years ago, which has grown tremendously and helped keep countless children safe in a community with no shortage of pools.
Considering that hundreds of thousands of Pima County adults are pre-diabetic, the YMCA of Southern Arizona also started a “Clinic to Community” referral network, partnering with local doctors and healthcare organizations that refer patients to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Participants learn to eat healthier and incorporate regular exercise to reduce their chances of becoming diabetic.
The YMCA of Southern Arizona also does a lot to help refugee children – from customized swim classes to providing school clothes, scholarships and more. In addition, it has started a program to push education about politics in schools as a way of developing leadership skills for local youth.
Combined with seeking out distractions for his kids, Don originally got involved with the YMCA at the urging of the bank where he worked at the time, which, like Bank of Tucson, urged its employees to reach out through community service and philanthropic work. He was quickly hooked, and not only is his whole family still a member of the Y, Don is now playing a key role in leading and growing the organization.
As a community-focused bank, we deeply value the organizations and individuals that make Tucson a great place to work and live. Thank you Don and the YMCA of Southern Arizona for your great work.
To learn more about the YMCA of Southern Arizona, click here.
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