EP17 David Burckhard with Valley of the Sun YMCA
Co-hosts, Jennifer Burwell and Kyle McIntosh had a wonderful conversation with David Burckhard, Executive Director of the Valley of the Sun YMCA, on this episode of MAC6 Community Connection Radio Show and Podcast. They talked about the power of community and the unique role the YMCA has played in the lives of many.
With all that has been going on in our world, it is critical that we have businesses like the YMCA to help people get through these trying times.
Dave Burckhard and his staff have played a critical role in providing emergency childcare services throughout the pandemic. They are also providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need. The Tempe community is stronger because of leaders like Dave and the YMCA.
Fun fact – each YMCA is empowered to serve their community in a way that is most helpful – each Y will look and operate differently.
The Y is for EVERYONE. The Valley of the Sun YMCA is not only one of the oldest nonprofits in the state of Arizona, we are also one of the largest. Born in 1892, before Arizona became a state, we serve over 100,000 families and are located in 17 communities across the state.
At the Y we value the little things, and believe healthy living is not just a fad, it’s a way of life. We are a community, and a family, embracing today’s social responsibilities together. For over a century we have been developing healthy minds, bodies, and spirits.
The YMCA is so much more than a gym and is for everyone. Through our initiatives, programs, and services youth realize their potential; teens and young adults prepare for college; families spend time and have fun together; people are healthier in mind, body, and spirit; job seekers prepare for employment; newcomers are welcome and embraced; a nationwide service ethic is fostered; and so much more.
Dave Burckhard is a YMCA professional and serves as The Executive Director of The Tempe Family YMCA, a branch of The Valley of The Sun YMCA.
Dave was born and raised in New York, and received his Undergraduate and MBA degree from Springfield College, in Springfield, MA. Dave has been working for the YMCA since his graduation in 2012.
Dave and his family relocated to Arizona in 2018. He has a wife, and two daughters.