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'Tis the Season to Develop Volunteer Habits for Life

During the holidays, most families look for opportunities to be together. Children are out of school, vacation plans are in place and the road trips, football, food, music and traditions make it a perfect time to connect with others. There is another “tradition” that can add to the magic of the holidays: volunteering. Opens in a new window

December 22, 2014

Veterans Share Experiences with YMCA Kids

Instructors and children from the Cumberland YMCA after school program met with members of the VFW Post 6452 in Ridgeley recently for a question-and-answer session concerning the veterans' experiences in the military. Opens in a new window Mineral Daily News-Tribune

December 12, 2014

RYE YMCA Members Come Together to Benefit Sharing Shelf in Port Chester

Organized by the Y’s Togetherhood committee, volunteers donate new or gently-used seasonal clothing for babies, children and teens during a day of service. Opens in a new window Rye Patch

December 10, 2014

Roanoke Second-Graders Learn about Water Safety with YMCA's Safe Splash

Seven-year-old Shakira Smiley was sopping wet, but beaming from ear to ear. She, along with 100 elementary school children, took part in a program aimed at teaching safety skills for when in and around water. Opens in a new window The Roanoke Times

December 05, 2014

What Experts in Diabetes Are Saying About Education and Prevention

Matt Longjohn, national health officer for YMCA of the USA, and Steve Tarver, president and chief executive of the YMCA of Greater Louisville, discuss efforts in Kentucky and around the nation that encourage healthier lifestyles. Opens in a new window Washington Post

November 21, 2014

Give the Gift of Education on Giving Tuesday

The Y's Tom Valentine, vice president of the International Group, writes about the global impact of limited or no access to education. Opens in a new window

November 14, 2014

Celebrating Lights On Afterschool, Oct. 23

The Meeting Waters YMCA is joining over 10,000 organizations nationwide in raising awareness of the impact afterschool programs have on kids and communities. Opens in a new window

October 23, 2014

YMCA of the USA Names New President and CEO

YMCA of the USA, the national office of the 2,700 YMCAs in the U.S., has named Kevin Washington as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Feb. 1, 2015. 

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September 30, 2014

Missoula Y Supports Sister Y in Sierra Leone during Ebola Outbreak

In response to the Ebola outbreak, Missoula YMCA partners with Sierra Leone YMCA in raising awareness and distributing basic, life-saving sanitation supplies. Opens in a new window NPR

September 24, 2014

YMCA Collects Uniforms, Shoes for Families in Need

As part of a community initiative to give back, the Weston YMCA organized a clothing drive, bringing more than 300 school uniforms and shoes to families in need. Opens in a new window

September 12, 2014

YMCA Hands Out 1,200 Boxes of School Supplies

The Kishwaukee Family YMCA recently distributed 1,200 boxes of school supplies to provide the tools children need to succeed in the classroom. Opens in a new window

September 04, 2014

YMCA Distributes 8,000 Back-to-School Backpacks in Lexington

The YMCA of Central Kentucky sponsored 18 Back to School Rallies around Lexington simultaneously, distributing an estimated 8,000 backpacks with paper, notebooks and other materials needed for the school year. Opens in a new window

August 05, 2014

Y Readers Wins National Summer Learning Award

A YMCA Charlotte program that helps Charlotte-Mecklenburg students with reading skills has been recognized as one of the most effective summer education programs in the country. Opens in a new window

August 04, 2014

Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

In rural Hopkins County in western Kentucky, where children are widely dispersed, the Y is taking a creative approach to bring healthy meals to kids in harder-to-reach areas. Opens in a new window NPR

July 24, 2014

YMCA Expands Summer Meal Program for Local Students

It's tough to work and play on an empty stomach, but a lot of local children have problems getting enough food. Seven years ago the YMCA decided to do something about it; this year they've taken it even further with special programs at two San Jose elementary schools. Opens in a new window

July 21, 2014

Keeping Kids From Going Hungry Over Summer Break

While summer should be a fun time for kids, it can be a hungry time for those who relied on school lunch programs for filling, healthy meals. If you’re a parent struggling to fill the summer hunger gap, there are resources available to help feed your kids. Opens in a new window

July 10, 2014

The Y to Serve 5 Million Healthy Meals this Summer to Combat Child Hunger

In an effort to combat childhood hunger, the Y will offer its free Summer Food Program at more than 1,100 sites nationwide to keep youth healthy, active and well-nourished all summer long.

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July 10, 2014

At a YMCA Near You, a Course for a Diabetic Nation

After being diagnosed with pre-diabetes, a 37-year-old woman in New York seeks out help from the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. Opens in a new window

July 08, 2014

It's Never Too Early to Learn: YMCA Makes a Big Splash with Swim Lessons

The Beaver County YMCA in Pennsylvania holds a weekly swim class to help babies feel comfortable in the water and learn basic skills. Opens in a new window

May 23, 2014

Interior Department, National League of Cities and YMCA of the USA Join Forces to Connect Young People to the Outdoors

As part of Department of the Interior’s ambitious youth initiative, the National League of Cities (NLC), YMCA of the USA, and the Department will coordinate efforts to get more young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors. Read more.

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April 28, 2014

Help Kids Get a Jump Start on a Healthy Summer

Did you know that children gain weight twice as fast in summer compared to the school year? In celebration of YMCA's Healthy Kids Day®, the Y's nutrition expert shares ideas on how to encourage kids to stay mentally and physically active. Opens in a new window

April 22, 2014

Harlem Globetrotter Inspires Kids at YMCA Basketball Camp

Two hundred kids had the chance to train with a Harlem Globetrotter Monday at a mini-basketball camp at the La Crosse YMCA. But the camp wasn't just about learning a few tricks – rookie Globetrotter Thunder Law also worked to inspire kids. Opens in a new window

April 08, 2014

Beyond Camp: Keeping Kids' Interest Piqued Once Summer Ends

Summertime is an ideal time for children to learn a new skill or hobby. But those skills often fall by the wayside when the new school year comes around. The Y's camp expert offers some advice to parents.

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March 04, 2014

Two red kayaks in water with boys in them

YMCA Takes Rehab Out of the Hospital

In one community, the Y provides rehabilitation programs where individuals can heal, be active and find camaraderie. Opens in a new window

February 28, 2014

YMCA of the USA Board of Directors Elects New Chair

YMCA of the USA announces the election of Christine Marcks as chair of the nonprofit’s national board of directors. Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement, will provide leadership to the 27-member board, which also welcomes new board members and officers. 

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February 26, 2014

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YMCA Serves Up Family-Style Dinners For Children in Need

The Farm Bill signed by President Obama cuts over $8 billion in food stamp aid over the next decade. The cuts affect people in only a third of states — but one of those states is Massachusetts. Here's a story of one local YMCA serving up dinners to children who find such meals hard to come by at home.

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February 10, 2014

Teens eating together at long tables
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Andover YMCA Program Gives Kids a Place to Go

For the past four years, the Andover YMCA has given hundreds of local kids a place to hang out and get help with homework after school.

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January 17, 2014

Teens sitting at a table together
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Somerset Valley YMCA Swim Team Among Nation's Top 100

For the first time, the Somerset Valley YMCA swim team has achieved Silver Medal Club status, establishing its place as one of the top 100 teams in the country.

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January 16, 2014

Somerset Valley YMCA swim team members standing together in green t-shirts

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