YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
The washers and dryers at Belmar Laundry neatly deterge shirts, pants, sheets, and towels, leaving each swathe of fabric smelling fresh and clean. The suds emporium’s drop-off service ($0.95 per pound) encourages customers to maximize their free time by transferring the burden of laundering to a professional. Belmar Laundry’s staff separates darks and whites, washes and dries loads, and folds clothes into origami people. Turnover time may vary, but clothes are usually ready for pick up in one day.