CEO Alfred Sanchez strives to keep Miami YMCA adapting to ever-changing needs of the community
Alfred Sanchez's personal philosophy has not changed since last profiled by Miami Today in 1996. Then, as head of the Red Cross, he looked to "drink from the cup, dip it into the water again and leave a full cup for the next traveler to come and drink," and he strives to do the same now as he leads Greater Miami's YMCA operations into the future. The 91-year-old organization has adapted over time to serve the needs of the community as they arose, Mr. Sanchez says, and programs such as after-school care are booming like never before. The YMCA serves now about 35,000 people, he said — but he hopes to more than double that and plans several new branches in the next decade. In his five-year tenure, Mr. Sanchez has restructured the organization's programming and established an annual gala to boost the Y's financial development. Staff writer Risa Polansky interviewed Mr. Sanchez at his Northwest 78th Avenue office.
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