YMCA of Greenville’s Julie Hollister Awarded Social Responsibility Award by Association of Y Professionals

Julie Hollister, YMCA of Greenville

Hollister chosen as award winner from nominees across North and South Carolina for her impact to the community.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 8, 2017) — YMCA of Greenville announces that Julie Hollister, association director of Youth & Family Services Programs & Quality, was given the Social Responsibility award by Chapter 23 of the Association of Y Professionals. She was chosen from a group of Y leaders across North and South Carolina for excelling in developing innovative, community based solutions to help those in need to reach their full potential and uniting individuals from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change. Hollister demonstrated significant, measurable results of program development, implementation and management during the previous 24 months.

Since 2013, Hollister has significantly impacted Greenville by identifying needs and developing programs to solve them.

• RECESS – Due to her vision in 2013 to create RECESS, a unique program serving young adults with special needs, the YMCA of Greenville now serves over 70 participants at three branches. She raised $115,000 to fund it and consults other Ys to bring RECESS to their communities. RECESS’ immeasurable impact is clear. One parent said, “I am brought to tears just thinking about the before and after results this program has provided thanks to Julie’s leadership. I am one of many who have shared witness to the incredible blooming of their adult child who are among the typically forgotten once aged out of the school system.” One program participant said, “She works hard to make sure my RECESS friends and I are visible, accepted and have fun together.”

• Togetherhood – As co-facilitator since 2016, Hollister launched and guided YMCA of Greenville’s Togetherhood initiatives and committees. The Y’s eight branches recruited committees to implement 16 service projects per year, using 275 volunteers and 670 community service hours per year. She was also instrumental in scaling YUSA’s Togetherhood project statewide. Due to her leadership and guidance, over half of South Carolina Y associations are trained to deliver this signature program and all have launched, or will launch, projects in 2017, reaching thousands to meet identified needs.

• Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation –A strong believer of promoting inclusion and global engagement, Hollister spearheaded YMCA of Greenville’s first Welcoming Week and Festival of Nations in September to raise awareness of different cultures while demonstrating the Y’s unifying force in our community.

“Julie Hollister exemplifies social responsibility in everything she does,” said Scot Baddley, president and CEO, YMCA of Greenville. “The people she serves describe her as a servant leader, a tireless advocate and the Y’s mission in action. We are so proud of Julie, the example she sets for what ‘living our cause’ is all about, and the impact she has made on the lives of many in Greenville County.”

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About the YMCA of Greenville SC
The YMCA of Greenville is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves Greenville’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Begun in 1876, the Y serves more than 70,000 people annually through programs that include Afterschool, Resident Camp and Day Camp, Aquatics, Youth and Adult Sports, and Health and Wellness. Programs are offered through four family branches, as well as the Verdae YMCA, Y Camp Greenville, Judson Community Center, the Adams Mill Program Center and Hollingsworth Outdoor Center. The Y is also home to Y Teen Services and the SC Youth in Government program.

For more information about the YMCA of Greenville, visit ymcagreenville.org, or call (864) 412-0288