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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Youth Development |

Community Impact

Community Impact

January – June 2014 Because of your generosity supporting our 2014 YMCA Annual Campaign we are able to serve those in need. The information below shows the impact of your generosity during the first six months of 2014.Together we can do so much more. Thank you. Youth Development 1865 children in Preschool, School Age Care, and Day Camp received Financial Assistance. Healthy Living 37 cancer survivors graduated from the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. $18,500 in donations made this possible. Social Responsibility 21,844 individuals and families had a place at the YMCA thanks to $483,356 given in membership financial...

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Slider, Social Responsibility, Y Stories |

Collaboration in Action

Collaboration in Action

One of TransCanada’s core values is collaboration.  Internally and externally our organization is committed to achieving win-win solutions.  It was with this mindset that TransCanada Administrative Assistant, Cynthia Presell decided that TransCanada might be able to help the North Spokane YMCA. In January of this year the local news reported that the non-profit’s truck had been stolen and totaled.  The truck was vital to the organization and used on a regular basis to bring in equipment, move supplies for the pool, materials needed to build a playground and the logs around the outdoor climbing wall. Unfortunately the YMCA lacked funding to buy a new or used truck.  The local news coverage was intended to raise community awareness of the incident by covering the loss and hoped that the organization might receive assistance from the community. Indeed they did. Cynthia read the story on the KREM TV Facebook page and saw an opportunity for TransCanada to donate a recently retired truck from TransCanada’s fleet.  She immediately contacted her Area Manager,...

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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, LIVESTRONG, Slider, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

surviveSTRONG uniteSTRONG Community Conference

surviveSTRONG uniteSTRONG Community Conference

LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA is hosting our FIRST ANNUALsurviveSTRONG uniteSTRONG Community Conference Saturday, May 17 | 9am – 4pm  Central Spokane YMCA | 930 N Monroe Street This first annual surviveSTRONG uniteSTRONG Community Conference hosted in collaboration with our LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA Program, and the LIVESTRONG ® Foundation, promises to be a truly inspiring and educational day for cancer survivors and their support persons. Nicole Manus, LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA Program Coordinator, noted that the structure and content of the conference was created after surveying area survivors, who noted gaps in their post-treatment education and support. This full day of classes, workshops and presentations, along with a soup & salad buffet lunch featuring vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and a dessert bar, is sure to strengthen and nurture participants in spirit, mind and body. A wide variety of sessions – over a dozen, are planned ranging from Drums Alive (cardio drumming), young survivors meet-up, parenting through cancer, and research updates, to fashion tips. Take a look at the Conference Schedule below for full...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Impact In Action, Y Stories |

Impact In Action – Sarah

Impact In Action – Sarah

Sarah learned to swim at the Y around the age of 4. Those lessons gave her a lifelong love of swimming, and in high school she joined the swim team. Sarah’s four children, ages 2, 4, 7 and 8, are also learning to swim at the Y. Some days she feels like Super Mom when she drops off the kids for swim lessons and enjoys her own workout before picking them up when she’s finished. Other times, the children stay in Child Watch while she takes time for her own well-being. “The staff in Child Watch know my children by name and always greet them with smiles.” Making time for her own wellness became even more important after the birth of her fourth child. Sarah was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and later with bipolar disorder. While coping with the new reality of mental illness, the only thing that remained constant was swimming at the Y. “Three times a week, I’d head to the Central Y, where swimming made me...

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