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My Y Story – Anita Coleman

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Aquatics, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Valley YMCA, Y Stories |

At the Y, we strengthen community through healthy living because we believe that a community is  stronger when people have opportunities to improve their health and well-being. We work with people  to provide a nurturing environment in which you can develop skills and relationships for support in  meeting your goals. Take, for example, the story of Anita Coleman. A loving mother of four and grandmother of eight, Anita  has a passion for helping others. She has spent 13 years running her own massage business and often  spends time with her children and grandchildren. However, Anita had some struggles with her own  fitness, and spent many years overweight. At one...

The Y – so much more than a gym

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Cardio, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Strength, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

The YMCA has a unique view of health. We strive to develop holistic health, focusing on the improvement of mind, body, and spirit; each is just as important as the other. We believe that the development of this kind of health is best fostered when within a community that shares the same values. It is because of members like Cheryl McHenry, a Y member for the past 16 years, a proud grandmother, and a consistent donor to the Y’s Annual Campaign, that the YMCA community is unlike any other of it’s kind. A regular at the Valley YMCA, she enjoys exercising with members that have the same genuine desire...

Father’s Day is More than Just an Excuse to Buy a Tie

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Social Responsibility, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Recognizing the important role fathers play in their children’s lives Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. On Sunday, June...

My Y Story – Jody Sander

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Cardio, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, My Y Story |

Every member of the YMCA community encounters the Y at various points in their lives. Often times, individuals seek out the Y when they are faced with adversities they can’t overcome alone. For Jody Sander, it was her drive and perseverance to make a serious lifestyle change that ultimately resulted in her losing a total of 85lbs in just the past year and a half. Although Jody is now a regular at the YMCA, she found the Y at the end of her journey. She found the Y when she needed it the most. Jody’s story started in October of 2015 when she made a pact with her friends...

History of the Y: Strengthening Communities for 172 Years

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 |

  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...

Five Historical Reasons the Y Makes For a Better Us™

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

On June 6, 2016 the YMCA marks more than 170 years, as more than a place, it is a movement that offers programs and services designed to foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Here are five past notable events and achievements that demonstrate the Y’s commitment to the communities it serves: 1. American Institutions: Celebrations such as Father’s Day, and organizations like the Peace Corps, all have their roots at the YMCA. 2. Camping Under the Stars: The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1855 and countless numbers of boys and girls have since learned the skills and wonders of camping through the Y,...