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Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Social Responsibility, Volunteer, YMCA Gives Back |

TogetherhoodTM

TogetherhoodTM

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is one of twelve Y’s selected to receive a grant for the TogetherhoodTM program 2015. TogetherhoodTM is a YMCA signature program that addresses the Y’s commitment to Social Responsibility. It is designed to be a member-led/member-driven Service Committee made up of Y members serving as volunteers to identify, select, promote, and lead community projects for Y members and staff to participate in giving back to the community. Our previous involvement with 2nd Harvest, the Union Gospel Mission’s Women’s Crisis Shelter, and SCRAPs were giant steps in the right direction. Our November event will be a Northwest Harvest food drive beginning November 17th, followed by collecting Toys for Tots after Thanksgiving. Volunteers will then be sorting and packaging toys at the Toys for Tots warehouse on December 6th. Find more information about the TogetherhoodTM program here....

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Social Responsibility, Togetherhood, Volunteer, YMCA Gives Back |

YMCA Gives Back – TogetherhoodTM Toys for Tots

YMCA Gives Back – TogetherhoodTM Toys for Tots

Your YMCA is hosting a Member Event for those that are less fortunate in our community by packing Toys for Tot’s on Sat, Dec 6. Two shifts are available from 9am – Noon and Noon – 3pm.  We will meet at the Toys for Tots warehouse (the old Social Security office) at 811 E. Sprague. We will receive, sort, package and label toys for children of underprivileged and/or disadvantaged families. Those ages 10 and up may participate. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be provided at noon for those who serving on the  9am – Noon shift, and at 11:30am for those serving between Noon – 3pm. Register at the Member Services desk to participate and get a t-shirt.  T-shirts will be available on the day of the event. You may also give by donating a toy for the Toys for Tots bin at a YMCA branch. Bins will be placed in each YMCA facility after Thanksgiving, and will be picked up on December 19. Toys must be new and enclosed in...

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Social Responsibility, Volunteer, YMCA Gives Back |

YMCA Gives Back: Union Gospel Mission

YMCA Gives Back: Union Gospel Mission

On Saturday October 18, 2014, the YMCA teamed up with the Union Gospel Mission Crisis Shelter to clean up a section of Sprague Ave. More than 30 volunteers from the YMCA, the Christ Lutheran Church in Montana, and the Valley Bible Church in Spokane, joined forces to pick up trash, paint over graffiti and provide encouragement to the women and children in the shelter. This is one of several  events where Y members, staff and volunteers lead service projects to strengthen the...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Slider, Social Responsibility, Volunteer, YMCA Gives Back |

YMCA Gives Back: Union Gospel Mission

YMCA Gives Back: Union Gospel Mission

On October 18, the YMCA members, staff and volunteers will join the women of the Union Gospel Mission’s Women’s Crisis Shelter to beautify the area around the shelter. The clean-up project will cover a one mile stretch of Sprague Avenue and paint over graffiti on bridge overpass. Volunteers will meet at the shelter at 9:30am. The event begins at 10am and runs to 1pm (or until the project is complete). Gloves are recommended. Trash bags, and paint supplies will be provided. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Water and snacks will be provided. To sign up, or for more information, call 509 777 YMCA...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Social Responsibility, YMCA Gives Back |

YMCA Gives Back: 2nd Harvest

YMCA Gives Back: 2nd Harvest

At the YMCA, social responsibility is one of our 3 areas of focus. This past June, 26 volunteers, including 18 YMCA staff and family spent a day working with 2nd Harvest. Volunteers divided and sorted through large crates of apples and corn, preparing boxes for distribution across 2nd Harvest’s network of 250 food banks and meal centers. Volunteers inspected produce to ensure that those who utilize 2nd Harvest as a resource receive quality food. Volunteers sorted 9,525 pounds of apples and corn. That translates to 7,937 meals for the hungry and under-served in the Spokane community. 2nd Harvest has been the region’s leading hunger relief network since 1971. They help feed 55,000 people each week, providing 2 million pounds of food every month to people in 26 counties across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The volunteers had a great time. Some of the younger kids who were there found it easier and often enjoyed climbing in and amongst the crates to sort food. Volunteering is a great thing to...

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