HOUSTON – Each year the YMCA of Greater Houston recognizes the outstanding service of a volunteer who exemplifies the highest ideals of the Y and has made a significant contribution to the organization and its mission. We are pleased to announce that James Michael “Mike” Flory has been named this year’s David D. Allen Memorial Award recipient.
Mike Flory is an example of how being devoted to helping others can make a big impact in the community. A board member for the Fort Bend Family YMCA for 16 years and an emeritus board member for the last five, Flory is actively involved in board activities. He has been instrumental in securing close to $1 million in donations and sponsorships during his tenure, allowing children and families to participate in Y programs regardless of their ability to pay.
One of Flory’s greatest legacies is YMCA Camp Cloud, the YMCA’s first regional outreach summer camp program, which was established in 2012. As co-chair of the Camp Cloud Committee, he provided the leadership necessary to launch this program. During the summer, Camp Cloud serves approximately 500 low-income and at-risk youth from Outreach and Caring Community Centers, allowing them to canoe, fish and experience camp and nature, for the first time in many of their lives.
Flory’s charismatic personality, sincere passion and commitment have built and established a community of friendships. His involvement and dedication have helped the Y create and offer many free programs and services to our local community, including the Fort Bend Family YMCA Prayer Garden, Cookies with Santa (playing Santa himself for 10 years) and the Community Outreach after school and summer day camp programs at the Four Corners Community Center and Fresno/Arcola.
Flory is a proud parent of six children and numerous grandchildren and resides in Fort Bend County with his wife, Linda.
Flory works tirelessly and lives by the Y’s cause of strengthening the community through his leadership and commitment. It is through the work of volunteers such as that the YMCA is able to provide so many youth and families with the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through participation in Y programs.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at the YMCA, visit ymcahouston.org.