In an effort to support the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas to significantly boost its internal infrastructure, Microsoft is providing a software grant of $4.5 million. This software donation will help the Dallas Y expand reach, improve services, and accelerate impact through supporting its 23 branch locations, more than 250,000 members and 2,000 staff members.
"Microsoft is a critical partner for us," says Gordon Echtenkamp, President/CEO of the Dallas YMCA. "We are very excited about this significant investment Microsoft is making to the Dallas Y. This upgrade in technology will be key in how we can better serve our members and the greater community."
The software donation will be deployed over the next several years and will help support and run programs for more than 122,000 children, teens and families including:
- Urban Swim-A Program, which teaches children life-saving water skills
- Youth Obesity-Programs, which encourages family wellness through fitness and nutrition classes
- Teen Programs, which aims to educate area teens on valuable leadership skills
"Technology is one of the most valuable learning tools available and it's important communities have access to the latest cutting edge technologies," said Eddie Marshall, regional general manager for Microsoft Dynamics. "Microsoft's mission is to help people and organizations reach their full potential, and by helping equip the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas with new technology, the organization can continue to grow, educate and serve its members."
For more than 125 year the Dallas YMCA has delivered lasting personal and social change in the North Texas community. Only real change can come when we work together. With strong partners such as Microsoft, the YMCA can help move people and communities forward, ensuring that every person irrespective of age, ability or income has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.