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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.

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.  Rye Patch

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.  The Roanoke Times

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.  Washington Post

YMCA Thanksgiving Dinner

When ends don't meet, one local YMCA helps fill in the gap, bringing people together around a warm meal.

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.

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. Mineral Daily News-Tribune

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.

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.  Read more.

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. NPR

YMCA Collects Uniforms, Shoes for Families in Need

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

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.

YMCA Garden Feeds Bodies and Souls

One YMCA garden is making an impact in residents' lives, providing nutritious produce in an area where it's scarce. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

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.

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. NPR

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.

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.

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.

Local Y Joins Efforts to Break World Record for Largest Swim Lesson

Nearly 38 people, ages 4-74, participated in a swim lesson at the Livonia Family YMCA in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Free Summer Activities for Kids

The Wilkes-Barre YMCA is offering free fun and healthy food to kids through Food-N-Fun @ The Park. Eyewitness News

Young Readers Program Helps Students Stay Active

More than 500 students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Mooresville and Lincoln County are hitting the books, back in school for several weeks this summer as part of the YMCA's "Y" Readers program.

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. Read more.

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.

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.

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.

Somerset Hills YMCA 'Togetherhood' Event for Vets, Volunteers

Somerset Hills YMCA volunteers bring their new Togetherhood initiative, along with a "sense of community", to veterans at a local housing facility.

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.

Two Kids Spend the Day as Junior 'CEOs'

Meet the two youngest CEO’s in Western Massachusetts who took the reins of the Springfield YMCA, if only for a day.

Northwest YMCA Leaders Club Gets Teens Up and Moving

One in four teens report meeting the recommended one hour or more of daily physical activity, according to a survey by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Tampa's YMCA offers programs tailored to teens' needs and interests, and that adds physical activity to their daily routine. The Digital Bullpen

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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.

YMCA Takes Rehab Out of the Hospital

In one community, the Y provides rehabilitation programs where individuals can heal, be active and find camaraderie.

Christine Marcks, New Board Chair

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.  Read more.

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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. WGBH

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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. ABC Newspapers

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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. Bridgewater Patch

'Walking School Bus' Program Aims to Make Kids Safe

Kids who don't ride a school bus and have no other have way to get home now have a friend they can rely on. The Tampa YMCA has started the "Walking School Bus" program to make sure kids stay safe, especially those who live in troubled neighborhoods.

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