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TODAY and YMCA Exceed Goal of 1 Million Acts of Kindness During Holiday Season

This holiday season, the Y and TODAY have been working towards the goal of logging 1 million acts of kindness throughout the United States. Today, it was announced that the goal was exceeded! Y spokesperson and chef Marcus Samuelsson and kids from the Harlem YMCA stopped by to share the good news as well as a recipe families can make in the new year.

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December 30, 2016

Marcus Samuelsson and two others standing in front of a table
Today Show

Basketball: From Humble Beginnings, Hoops Celebrates 125th Birthday

A game drawn up to occupy some bored boys as winter approached at a Massachusetts gymnasium celebrates its 125th anniversary on Wednesday and basketball's status as the world's second most popular sport. Basketball began on Dec 21, 1891 at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) gym in Springfield with rules made up by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith.

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December 21, 2016

Boys playing basketball on an outdoor court
REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Hawks’ Dwight Howard Surprises Kids with Christmas Shopping Spree

Atlanta Hawks star Dwight Howard surprised 50 kids from the Decatur Family YMCA with a JCPenney Christmas shopping trip as part of the #JoyWorthGiving initiaitve.

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December 21, 2016

Group of people at Dwight Howard YMCA

Watch Hoda Kotb and young ‘elves’ grant holiday wishes for children in need

As part of the #ShareKindness campaign, TODAY’s Hoda Kotb recruits some little helpers to fulfill the Christmas dreams of children in need. And after a day of sharing, Hoda’s helpers are in for a surprise of their own! (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA).

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December 16, 2016

Two kids talking to Hoda Kotb (not visible) on Today Show

YMCA Chef Shares Tips on Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Gary Appelsies, Director of Healthy Eating at the YMCA of Central Florida joins food reporter Lauren Delgado in the Orlando Sentinel Test kitchen to talk about eating healthy during the holidays and to prepare a mushroom soup.

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December 15, 2016

woman speaking to man in a Y staff shirt
Orlando Sentinel

#ShareKindness: TODAY Hits Halfway Point to 1 Million Acts of Kindness

The YMCA has joined forces with TODAY to share acts of kindness and has surpassed their initial goal, contributing more than 27,000 acts. In Pennsylvania, a group has been knitting blankets for cancer patients. TODAY is halfway to 1 million acts of kindness and still counting, and you can join in! (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA).

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December 13, 2016

People standing in a room with tables full of shoes
Torigian Family YMCA

DeMarcus Ware Hosts Private Holiday Shopping Event with Children from Denver YMCA

Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware teamed with JCPenney to host a private shopping experience for underserved children from the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver on Tuesday. Ware joined more than 50 children at Park Meadows mall to help them select gifts for family and friends, and JCPenney donated more $100,000 to the YMCA.

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December 07, 2016

DeMarcus Ware talking to a young girl inside a JCPenney
Bartley Young, The Associated Press

TODAY’s #ShareKindness Campaign Aims to Inspire 1 million Acts of Generosity

This is the second holiday season that TODAY is celebrating stories of empathy and generosity, with the goal of inspiring 1 million acts of kindness. Share yours with TODAY using the hashtag #ShareKindness. (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA)

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November 28, 2016

Today Show host standing in front of #sharekindness banner

Saints, YMCA team up to help needy families with meals for Thanksgiving

More than 1,000 families in New Orleans will have a nice Thanksgiving meal thanks to the New Orleans Saints and the Dryades YMCA.

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November 22, 2016


Art Show Tells Stories of Refugees Through Their Own Creations

"Triumph of the Human Spirit," an art show put together by Houston's YMCA is helping refugees tell their stories through artwork.

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October 12, 2016

The Brand Health Puzzle

Association of National Advertisers Magazine spoke with YMCA of the USA's VP of Marketing Communications Donna Bembenek about how organizations can best evaluate their brand's health.

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October 11, 2016

Amid Political Tensions, a Bid to Bring Together Immigrants, Americans

Newsweek visits a Welcoming Week event hosted by the Staten Island YMCA's New Americans Welcome Center and finds a community seeking to build bridges.

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September 26, 2016

Group of women sitting at a table in front of an American flag
Lucy Westcott/Newsweek

Pedicab tours highlight York businesses owned by immigrants

The YMCA of York and York County (Penn.) uses pedicabs to give local tours to York city businesses owned by immigrants during Welcoming Week.

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September 22, 2016

Man driving a pedicab
Jason Plotkin

7 Smart Tips for First-Generation College Students

Y-USA's Frederick Riley has some great tips for first generation college students.

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September 22, 2016

Close-up of hands carrying a tray of food
Niedring/Drentwett—Getty Images/MITO images

Women In Leadership: Meet Lynda Gonzales-Chavez, the Y's Chief Diversity Officer

In honor of Women in Business Month, Girl Talk HQ spoke with our Chief Diversity Officer Lynda Gonzales-Chavez about her role at the Y, her career path and the importance of diversity in the workplace.

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September 15, 2016

Headshot of Lynda Gonzales-Chavez
YMCA of the USA

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