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Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

My Y Story – Anita

My Y Story – Anita

Even though she’s only responsible for one of them, just about every kid in the neighborhood calls Anita “Grandma.” It’s a role she takes willingly, helping to make sure the kids at the Richard Allen Apartments stay out of trouble and are being safe. This past summer, her granddaughter Arianna and others from the area were able to participate in the Safety Around Water program at the YMCA. The free lessons help introduce children to the water and prepare them for possible emergencies while at a pool, lake or other body of water. “Children feel safer when they know how to do something, especially around water.” Anita also says the program being free makes it possible for certain families to participate who may not have had the opportunity otherwise. “It’s sad for me to see children on the sidelines that can’t afford things.” In addition to water safety, the children she looks over were able to receive free lunches and snacks all summer long thanks to the YMCA Summer...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

YMCA Military Family Month

YMCA Military Family Month

November is Military Family Month, providing Americans the opportunity to recognize the dedication, sacrifice and service of military personnel and their families. The YMCA of the Inland Northwest supports military families this November and all year round though programs and initiatives that improve their well-being and provide opportunities to connect with other families waiting at home. With our thanks and appreciation of their service, Military and Veterans can visit any Spokane area YMCA for a FREE 2-Week Guest Pass November 5-19, 2017. Join fees will be waived with membership initiation. Please bring Active Military ID, DD214 or Veteran ID Card from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. “Military families have many needs when a loved one is away from home,” said Steve Tammaro, President/CEO, YMCA of the Inland Northwest. “Whether it’s proving a place where kids can make friends and have a sense of belonging or providing a place for adults to meet health goals, the Y has a number of options to help here in the Spokane area.” Amy...

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Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

Staff Spotlight – Brenda

Brenda Jamison is the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the EWU Children’s Center. She began her time with the Children’s Center in 1990 and worked for 6 years before taking time off to raise her family, then returned in 2012. “When I wanted to get back to work, this is the only place I wanted to be,” Brenda said. As the Early Childhood Education Coordinator she is tasked with adjusting learning curriculums and making sure over 50 staff members are properly equipped to teach the students. This includes making sure the correct curriculums are in place while balancing varying standards from many educational entities. Training, mentoring, coaching, encouraging and sometimes being a shoulder to cry on are just some of the things that make up Brenda’s day. When asked why she keeps coming back, Brenda said “for the love of the kids, they’re the future. You give, but you get a lot back.” Away from the office Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and three grandchildren....

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Staff, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Staff Spotlight – Lauren

Staff Spotlight – Lauren

Lauren Wimmer is a Cause Driven Leader On Duty at the Spokane Valley YMCA. What began as a simple response to a Craigslist ad has blossomed into a passion, and a family for Lauren. Her story with the Y begins in Salem, Oregon, where she accepted a position working the front desk. While working there, she met Jacob a coworker, and struck up a friendship that would grow to be much more. Over two years after meeting at the Y, Jacob and Lauren became engaged and just welcomed their daughter, Harper, into the world. Aside from her fiancé and daughter, the YMCA helped shape Lauren’s goals and aspirations. She says she really wasn’t aware of all the things the Y does in the community, but now wants to make working for nonprofits a big part of her life moving forward. “It’s so fulfilling working here, I feel like if I can just make a difference, even for just one person, then it’s all worth it.” Outside of her time...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Teen, Uncategorized, Volunteer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Youth & Community Leader Forum 2017

Youth & Community Leader Forum 2017

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Youth & Community Leader Forum at the Lincoln Center! It was a great night for our local teens to get inspired, take action and make changes in their community. Kristen Hadeed was an excellent keynote speaker and we were so lucky to have her! A huge thank you to our sponsors Numerica Credit Union, Whitworth University & Shopko for sponsoring the event to make sure every youth member was able to attend for...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Healthy Kids Day 2017

Healthy Kids Day 2017

Thank you to all of the families that joined us last Friday for Healthy Kids Day. We served over 600 kids as a part of our free event to kick-start a healthy and active summer. Special thanks to our local sponsors: Premera Blue Cross, BECU, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Kasier Permanente.  ...

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