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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Healthy Living, Membership, Social Responsibility, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development | 0 comments

Annual Campaign Celebration

Annual Campaign Celebration

Last night we hosted over 100 people at Hugo’s On the Hill to say thank you to all of our hardworking volunteers for working on the Annual Campaign. It was a night filled with friends, fun and food! YMCA of the Inland Northwest CEO Steve Tammaro gave a couple shout-outs to some of the best fundraisers including those that had the most donors, new donor money raised and overall money raised. Currently we are at 88% of our goal to help fund the most crucial programs for people in our community. To learn more about our Annual Campaign of if you would like to help us make our $500,000 goal, please...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Camp Reed, My Y Story, School Age Care, Summer Camp, Teen, Y Stories, Y Stories, Youth Development, Youth Investment | 0 comments

My Y Story – Omid

My Y Story – Omid

A few years ago, Omid’s family fled Afghanistan and the Taliban. Initially, they escaped to Iran but were forced to flee again due to lack of work and school. They sought refuge in Turkey, but they were still not allowed the freedom to go to work or school. Eventually, the family was able to immigrate to the United States, settling in Spokane. With the help of the YMCA, Omid has been able to succeed in school while overcoming the hardships of being a refugee. Through a collaboration with World Relief, Camp Reed provided him with a full scholarship which allowed him to attend camp for a week of fun in the wilderness at Fan Lake. Omid wrote a letter about his Camp Reed experience. “Last year I had the chance to attend YMCA Camp Reed. Camp was one of my best weeks ever. I had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. I liked my counselor, Corduroy, and my Junior Counselor, Mac. It was their first...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, North YMCA, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

The YMCA Brings Families Closer Together

The YMCA Brings Families Closer Together

Our family loves going to the YMCA! Being so far away from a military base, the YMCA has been a great place for us to not only exercise, but to spend time together having fun. From swimming in the amazing kid friendly pools, to challenging each other in air hockey, or even a basketball shoot off, our family always enjoys our time at the Y. My 4-year-old, Ryan, looks forward to his child care time so much that he keeps me on track to go in and exercise three days a week. He even calls it his “school time” because they always have great activities like crafts, coloring and learning their alphabet, numbers and shapes, and of course, outdoor fun time. The ladies in the North YMCA Child Care Center are absolutely wonderful. I’m so grateful that the YMCA provides such a safe, fun environment for my littlest man to participate in while I focus on my own health and fitness goals. My 7-year-old, Zachary, learned how to swim...

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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

History of the Y: Strengthening Communities for 172 Years

History of the Y: Strengthening Communities for 172 Years

  The Y is the organization that… …saw to and met the practical and spiritual needs of young men flocking to London during the Industrial Revolution. …has served the military and military families in every U.S. conflict since the Civil War. …inspired the formation of the U.S.O., Peace Corps and Father’s Day. …met immigrants coming off the boats at Ellis Island to offer services and support in making a new life. …began the first night school and English as a Second Language courses. …invented group swimming lessons, basketball, volleyball and racquetball, and gave them to the community. …provided quality and affordable child care when women began joining the workforce in droves. …began values education at a time of social unrest. A Historical Timeline: 1844 – George Williams joins with 11 friends to organize the first Young Men’s Christian Association in industrialized London. The Y offers Bible study and prayer to help keep young men off the streets. Dec. 29, 1851 – Sea captain and missionary Thomas Valentine Sullivan and...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Aquatics, Healthy Living, My Y Story, North YMCA, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

My Y Story – Aziz Moltafet

My Y Story – Aziz Moltafet

  Emma Lazarus’s words are eternally engraved on a bronze plaque outside the Statue of Liberty. They read, “…Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” For Shah Perai Mohammed Osman and her four boys, that light began shining in July of 2012 and led them through America’s golden door and right into the Y. From Soviet occupation to Taliban oppression to an arranged marriage mirroring enslavement, Shah Perai Mohammed Osman and her boys needed something more than darkness. They needed something other than the vast wasteland that had become their home in Afghanistan. They needed hope, and after arriving to the United States, with the help of the YMCA, that is exactly what they got. Mimicking the famous words of Ms. Lazarus, the Y does not turn anyone away. Rather, the Y provides those who need it most with a safe place to learn, grow and thrive. It is with these welcoming and nurturing characteristics...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Membership, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

My Y Story – Kate Dinnison

My Y Story – Kate Dinnison

Walking up the capitol steps in Olympia is an experience like no other. This time though, I was not walking into the grand marble structure as a tourist, but as a participant of government. So, maybe it’s not the real legislature, but it’s as close as a bunch of 14-18 year-olds can get, wrinkled suits and all. From the first meeting of the YMCA’s Youth and Government Program, I knew it would be work writing, amending, and re-amending bills. What I did not realize, though, is how rewarding the experience would be. The entire Spokane Delegation plunged head first into the world of Youth Legislature. We all had a good educational foundation heading into the bill-writing process, and plenty of good ideas. Immediately, students from our delegation threw out ideas for bills that I’d never thought about, concerning traffic safety laws, activities of prisoners, standardized testing, etc. We met twice-a-month to write our bills, debate, and practice parliamentary procedure (something very important when we arrived in Olympia). When May rolled around, we packed up our vans and headed for the west side...

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