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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Youth Development |

Come See What You Can Do at the YMCA!

Come See What You Can Do at the YMCA!

Saturday, October 11th FREE Event 3pm – 6pm All Three YMCA Locations There will be fun games and carnival activities. Bring your family and friends so  everyone can discover what they can do at the Y! Local radio personalities will be there on Saturday with great prizes to win – including an overnight stay at Triple Play, Look Out ski passes, passes to Raptor Reef, WSU football tickets, Mountain Gear equipment rental, and more! Members may bring their friends and family to our YMCA locations for free on both Saturday and...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Slider, Social Responsibility, Volunteer, YMCA Gives Back |

YMCA Gives Back: Union Gospel Mission

YMCA Gives Back: Union Gospel Mission

On October 18, the YMCA members, staff and volunteers will join the women of the Union Gospel Mission’s Women’s Crisis Shelter to beautify the area around the shelter. The clean-up project will cover a one mile stretch of Sprague Avenue and paint over graffiti on bridge overpass. Volunteers will meet at the shelter at 9:30am. The event begins at 10am and runs to 1pm (or until the project is complete). Gloves are recommended. Trash bags, and paint supplies will be provided. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Water and snacks will be provided. To sign up, or for more information, call 509 777 YMCA...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Slider, Social Responsibility, Y Stories |

Impact In Action: Elijah Williams

Impact In Action: Elijah Williams

At the Y, we believe that a community is stronger when all children have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Paula Williams’ seven year old son Elijah is a testament to what can be achieved when fears are faced with the help of dedicated mentors and teachers. Unlike her other children, Eli did not like the water; especially the scary deep end. Hoping to help him overcome his fears, Paula enrolled him in swim lessons at the Valley YMCA and was lucky to have Kyle as his instructor. Not only was he able to “coach him” as he gained comfort in the water, he was able to connect with him through Eli’s love of Jesus. Being a good listener was essential in earning Eli’s trust and through that, Eli was able to not only learn to swim, but love it! “It wasn’t long before he was begging to start his next lesson and looking forward to his time in the pool,” says his...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Social Responsibility, YMCA Gives Back |

YMCA Gives Back: 2nd Harvest

YMCA Gives Back: 2nd Harvest

At the YMCA, social responsibility is one of our 3 areas of focus. This past June, 26 volunteers, including 18 YMCA staff and family spent a day working with 2nd Harvest. Volunteers divided and sorted through large crates of apples and corn, preparing boxes for distribution across 2nd Harvest’s network of 250 food banks and meal centers. Volunteers inspected produce to ensure that those who utilize 2nd Harvest as a resource receive quality food. Volunteers sorted 9,525 pounds of apples and corn. That translates to 7,937 meals for the hungry and under-served in the Spokane community. 2nd Harvest has been the region’s leading hunger relief network since 1971. They help feed 55,000 people each week, providing 2 million pounds of food every month to people in 26 counties across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The volunteers had a great time. Some of the younger kids who were there found it easier and often enjoyed climbing in and amongst the crates to sort food. Volunteering is a great thing to...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Fall Activities, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Youth Development |

Have a Fun, Safe Halloween

Have a Fun, Safe Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and we want to make sure all of our members remain Safe this year! Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control to keep your child safe this year! S-Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. A-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. F-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. E-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. H-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house. A-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. L-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. L-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. O-Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road...

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