Black Lives Matter.

Over the past week, the national conversation has moved from the pandemic crisis to racial inequalities that equally plague our communities. Over the weekend, non-violent protests took to the streets to say that enough is enough, and that there is a need for change; that all of us need to see that Black Lives Matter too. While our news is filled with coverage of others who chose to damage our community in pursuit of their own agenda that was not in the spirit of the protests spurred by the murder of Mr. Floyd.

The Westport Weston Family YMCA stands in solidarity with those who chose change through nonviolent ways. We salute those who meet destruction and despair with kindness and progressive actions. There needs to be justice for unnecessary and heartbreaking tragedies like the loss of George Floyd, and countless others just like him. This matter goes beyond obtaining justice for Mr. Floyd and his family, to assuring that the next generation of children no longer have to live in a state of fear. We need to ensure that people of color are valued, listened to, and respected. This moment can and must be the catalyst for long-term change.

The Westport Weston Family YMCA is an organization for all and condemns racism and divisions in our community. Our mission is to inspire all people to a healthy life – in spirit, mind and body; but that can only be achieved when we understand the needs and plight of all in our community. We will continue to listen and be there when we can to answer that call. If you are in need of help, pleases let us know how we can serve you. If you see how we can improve as an organization or be a leader for diversity and equity, please let us know.

The Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are the elements that guide us in these challenging times, as always. We must remain optimistic.  We must be honest about this crisis and be willing to take positive steps forward.  The Y is here for you and we firmly believe that together we are stronger.


Pat Riemersma


Westport Weston Family YMCA