Support the Y

Across the United States, more than 500,000 business leaders, community advocates, parents, teens and individuals who want to give back and support their neighbors volunteer at the Y. That’s because in 10,000 neighborhoods nationwide we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver positive, personal and social change.

With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected and secure.

Volunteers of the Y:

  • Lead our Boards of Directors and committees
  • Raise funds to ensure the Y is accessible to all members of the community
  • Coach our sports teams and teach many of our classes
  • Motivate and support youth in building the character strengths, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, smart life choices, and the pursuit of higher education and goals
  • Extend a hand to help adults who want to do more, be more or live healthier
  • Advocate for the Y’s efforts to influence policies and initiatives that positively impact societal issues of importance to the nation, and your community
  • Participate in opportunities to give back and support neighbors

The Y is a nonprofit like no other. Take an active role in strengthening your community.

2019 Spirit of the Valley

Mr. Marty Becker

The Spirit of the Valley Award recognizes exemplary community service, which benefits all people of our Kanawha Valley. The individual receiving the award manifests, in his or her life and deeds, the selfless concern and care for their community, which constitutes the essence of our Valley’s proud spirit. This is a person who quietly gives of themselves, their time and their resources when the Valley’s citizens need them. Their commitment, persistence, good judgment and joyful heart only enrich the fabric of life in our Valley.

No form of award or recognition can adequately express our gratitude for the good works this leader performs. Nor, of course, do they expect any such recognition, for the real satisfaction of volunteerism is personal and private. In presenting the Spirit of the Valley Award, the YMCA simply acknowledges the benevolence of this fine person and as a shining light in hopes of inspiring others to follow.

The Spirit of the Valley serves as the annual fundraising campaign for the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, the membership and the community at large are asked to give to the Spirit Campaign in honor of each year’s recipient. The proceeds of this campaign benefit the YMCA Community Assistance Scholarship Fund, which assists individuals and families in becoming part of Y membership or programs no matter what their financial circumstances. In 2015, hundreds of children and families benefited from over $200,000 in contributions, allowing them access to YMCA child care, aquatics, youth sports and health and wellness facilities. Recipients can request the program(s) of their choice to receive part of the proceeds.
The inscription on the award, “For charity and wisdom, patience and humility”, is taken from the admonition of the good Saint Francis.

Past Recipients

1985 – John M. Wells Sr.
1986 – Sidney P. Davis Jr.
1987 – Bert Bradford Jr. M.D.
1988 – Lawson W. Hamilton Jr.
1989 – James M. Poindexter
1990 – Isaac N. Smith Jr.
1991 – James R. Thomas II
1992 – Warren Point, M.D.
1993 – Lyell B. Clay
1994 – Martha G. Wehrle
1995 – William T. Brotherton Jr.
1996 – Angus E. Peyton
1997 – Thomas E. Potter
1998 – John L. McClaugherty
1999 – Bertie Cohen
2000 – Thad D. Epps
2001 – Joseph C. Jefferds Jr.
2002 – Lewis N. McManus
2003 – John F. McGee
2004 – Betty Schoenbaum
2005 – John Wells Jr.
2006 – Edward H. Maier
2007 – Dr. Ed Welch
2008 – J. Holmes Morrison
2009 – Charles T. Jones
2010 – Brooks F. McCabe Jr.
2011 – Nelle Ratrie Chilton
2012 – T. Randolph Cox
2013 – K. Richard C. Sinclair
2014 – Governor Gaston W. Caperton III
2015- John Elliot
2016 – Mary Jean Davis
2017 – Tom Heywood
2018 – Dr. Dan Foster
2019 – Marty Becker

The Y. For a Better Us.

When you give to the YMCA, you make it possible for all children, families, and adults to have access to excellent facilities and programming vital to their personal growth. We need your support so that together we can take many of the greatest challenges facing our young people and our community.

Ways to give:

  • Make your gift by phone 304.340.3527 ext.1151
  • Fill out this form, and email it to [email protected]
  • Checks can be payable to YMCA of KV and mailed to the following:

100 YMCA Drive, Charleston WV 25311.


Every gift makes a difference and together we can strengthen our community.


Below are three simple and easy ways to help the Y at NO COST: 

  • Appalachian Electric Power

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For more details about this program visit this Residential – HomeSMART Page

For every person that signs up and uses the code YMCAKV under promo, the Y receives $10 credit.

Sign up here, and don’t forget to use our promo code YMCAKV— AEPRebates | Enrollment

When you save energy, you save money. And, you can help the Y!


  • Amazon Smile

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Support our YMCA at no cost when you shop on Amazon. Shop on smile.amazon.com , and simply select  YMCA of Kanawha Valley, as your charitable organization. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. You shop and Amazon gives.