Dee Eaker joined YWCA Central Carolinas in 1980 to relearn and refine her swim strokes. At the time, Olympic swimmers had recently updated strokes and Dee began to work with Bobbie Davis, a YWCA aquatics instructor, to catch up on the new forms. Forty years later Dee is still a member of YWCA’s co-ed fitness center and an active supporter of our programs and mission.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dee received her stimulus check and thought, “I don’t need this.” She wanted to give it to people affected by the pandemic and support Charlotteans that needed it more.
Dee said that having grown up with a single mother and brother, she knew about tough times. She had worried hard as a public school chorus and drama teacher, but is now secure and able to give back. She chose to support our mission to eliminate racism and empower women, and help all the children and women in our programs, by donating her stimulus check to YWCA Central Carolinas.
“I spent many years enjoying Y programs – social justice, book club, racial justice forums, luncheons, water exercise, yoga, Zumba and especially enjoying the diverse population that makes the Y unique,” said Dee. “Now that my cat and I are happily retired, it gives me great joy to make other people’s lives a little easier.”
We are so grateful to Dee Eaker for her support in our programs and for being a part of our YW family. Her donation has gone to our various programs, assisting in the empowerment of women, children and families at YWCA.