We are grateful for all the dedicated employees, members and donors who make our Y stronger every day. 2016 was a year of leadership change for our organization. We began our work to structure our services to move into the future. The key motivator for us is to understand and meet the needs of our members, families and the community. We must adapt to their lives and better connect with the people in the communities that we serve and help them connect with each other. We began to rethink how we manage and deliver our services, including a significant initiative to provide the best in service delivery. This included a significant change in how we manage our child care delivery. The good news is that our membership base and child care services continued to grow.
In short, we served even more individuals and families in our communities. We will continue to plan and work on all service areas in 2017. Our mission will continue to be based in quality service and meeting the needs of our communities as we hope you will see in our program offerings and outreach. There are several initiatives underway to better support our staff to ensure they are engaged and have the tools to deliver on our cause. We look forward to having you with us on this journey and are truly thankful for all you do for our Y.
As the outgoing Chairman of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley Board, I have come to know and respect this organization built on a strong passion and commitment for serving others. Every day, the Y staff are ready to support members needs and serve with integrity and purpose. Whether by giving kids a safe place to play, helping members meet their health goals with quality programs or providing positive youth development programs, the Y today continues its tradition of serving diverse communities to make a positive impact on families, adults, seniors and children.
This years's annual report contains many examples of how the Y makes a difference. A particular highlight is the support that Comcast has provided to our Association and across the nation to help close the digital divide with their Internet Essentials program and their partnership in our Y-Achievers program.
On behalf of the entire board of directors, I thank the Y's executives for their outstanding leadership and all of the employees for living the Y's mission and helping strengthen the community.